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Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamilloKate DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie (a Newbery Honor book), The Tiger Rising (a National Book Award finalist), and The Tale of Despereaux (winner of the 2003 Newbery Medal). The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Kate lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read excerpts of her novels at Kate DiCamillo’s website.

The Magician’s Elephant: A novella to read to your children

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The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s new work, The Magician’s Elephant, takes a little bit of warming up to early on, but the simple and sometimes poetic prose combined with the fairy tale/fable-like atmosphere and style starts to win the reader over, first charming them, then moving them. By the end, which comes quickly since it’s more novella than novel, both the prose and emotional impact have deepened and intensified, making this a novella well worth reading oneself and to one’s children.

The Magician’s Elephant opens up intriguingly enough, with a young orphan (Peter) having just spent the coin he was given to buy bread or to purchase the answer to a single question from a fortune-teller. The question might have been: is my sister, whom I’ve been told is d... Read More

Other books by Kate DiCamillo

children's fantasy book reviews Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising, The Tale of DespereauxBecause of Winn-Dixie — (2000) Ages 9-12. Available for download at Audible.com.Click here for audio download Publisher: When ten-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her preacher father, she doesn’t know what to expect. She is lonely at first — that is until she meets Winn-Dixie, a stray dog who helps her make some unusual friends. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to let go of some of her sadness and finds she has a whole lot to be thankful for.


children's fantasy book reviews Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising, The Tale of DespereauxThe Tiger Rising — (2001) Ages 9-12. Available for download at Audible.com.Click here for audio download Publisher: From the best-selling author of Because of Winn-Dixie comes the moving story of an eleven-year-old-boy, Rob Horton, who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind the hotel where he lives with his father. With the help of his new friend, Sistine Bailey, Rob must decide what to do with his discovery and at the same time come to terms with his past.


children's fantasy book reviews Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising, The Tale of DespereauxThe Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, And a Spool of Thread — (2003) Ages 9-12. Available for download at Audible.com.Click here for audio download Publisher: This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro and a serving girl called Miggery Sow. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a dungeon and into each other’s lives.


children's fantasy book reviews Kate DiCamillo The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane — (2006) Ages 9-12. Available for download at Audible.com.Click here for audio download Publisher: Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobos camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle: even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.


children's fantasy book reviews Kate DiCamillo The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken — (2009) Ages 9-12. Available for download at Audible.com.Click here for audio download Publisher: She longed for adventure. So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world. The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar. Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine … She was brave. She was fearless. She was feathered. She was a chicken. A not-so-chicken chicken.


fantasy and science fiction book reviewsFlora & Ulysses — (2013) Ages 8 and up. Publisher: Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K.G. Campbell.


 

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