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Big Magic for Little Hands: 25 Astounding Illusions for Young Magicians, by Joshua JayWorkman Publishing, $19.95


​Have you ever been to a magic show and thought, “Wow, I could never do these!” This book tells kids just like you how to do tricks at your house.” From Laurel C., age 10.


Big Magic for Little Hands came in the mail, and my 10-year-old daughter picked it up, read through it, and started doing easy tricks with string, which she proceeded to share with everyone in the house, then with the neighbors, and today she took it to school. I’d say that’s pretty big magic.

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Plague of Unicorns, by Jane Yolen

Zonderkidz, $14.99


Working with Jane Yolen on this illustrated adventure was wonderful fun! Humor abounds in this middle-grade, historical, tale of heroes, unicorns, dukes, and abbeys. 


Yolen (Owl Moon) weaves a magical yet believable tale of myth and magic in this charming middle-grade fantasy. In the mythical kingdom of Callanshire, James, son of the Duke of Callander, is sent away at age nine to study at Cranford Abbey. The abbey, struggling to stay financially solvent, plans to make its extraordinary golden Hosannah apples into cider for sale. Unfortunately, unicorns also love these delicious apples. No matter how the monks try, they cannot get rid of the horned orchard raiders until James summons a singer named Sandy, who may have a way with unicorns...