The Magician’s Elephant by Kate Dicamillo

Carnegie Long-List 2011

What if? Why not? Could it be?

A wonderful tale of the making of miracles, this book is one that I am sure that, if it doesn’t win the medal, will at least make it to the Carnegie shortlist. Kate Dicamillo has written a lot of books that I like, such as Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. This book’s style of writing is similar to the latter, a book that I have read countless times. I already like books that are fantasy, but this one added the element of mysterious romance. It was an amazing combination! Here’s what it’s about:

Peter, an orphan, is being trained by the retired (and sometimes hallucinating) soldier Vilna Lutz to become a soldier himself. When going to ‘very small fish and day old bread’, he sees a fortune teller’s stall in the market and decides to use the food money to ask the question “is my sister still alive? And if so, how can I find her?” The fortune teller replies, “Follow the elephant! The elephant will lead you to her!” but Peter is sure that there is no such elephant in the city. But an elephant does come, and her coming sets off a chain of events so magical and miraculous that it does not seem true. But it is. Every single, fantastic bit.

By now, it might seem obvious that I like, no love, this book very much. If you read it, you’ll know why. For those of you who know Dicamillo, it might seem impossible, but I think her writing is getting even better! I give this book 9.3 stars and recommend it for all ages. An amazing book!



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