Magic Spell by Julie Paschkis

Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Summary:  The Great Aziz can magically transform one thing into another with the flick of a wand and the changing of a letter.  A dish becomes a fish, a rose becomes a hose, and a wire becomes a fire, while his adoring assistant takes care of the ensuing chaos.  But when he turns her wig into a pig, she’s had enough and takes revenge by changing his hat into a bat.  When beads become bears, however, the two magicians have to work together to avert danger.  They learn to share the light each night…and everything turns out just right.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Lots of word fun, illustrated with Paschkis’s somewhat impressionistic paintings.  Kids could enjoy creating their own transformation by changing one letter to another.

Cons:  The poor assistant never gets her hair back.

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