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A Finder's Magic
Contributor(s): Pearce, Philippa (Author), Craig, Helen (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0763640727     ISBN-13: 9780763640729
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
OUR PRICE: $13.59  

Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: March 2009

Annotation: A boy who loses his dog meets a mysterious stranger and has a surprising adventure in this work that is part detective story and part fairy tale. Illustrations.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2008017533
Age Level: 7-9
Grade Level: 2-4
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.72" H x 6.42" W x 9.26" (1.05 lbs) 119 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 129222
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
A boy who loses his dog meets a mysterious stranger and has a surprising adventure in an enchanting tale from a stellar author-illustrator team.
When Till's beloved dog slips its leash on their daily romp, the boy goes to bed in despair. But he wakes to meet Mr. Finder, an odd little man from his dream, who offers to help him retrieve the frisky pup. Together Till and Finder question some likely witnesses: a heron, a mole, a riddling cat, and two obliging old ladies, Miss Gammer and Miss Mousy. But Finder is a peculiar fi gure, given to disappearing suddenly, and Till starts to wonder: Can he be trusted? Part detective story, part fairy tale, A Finder's Magic has mystery, darkness and light, and all the emotional truth that is a hallmark of Philippa Pearce's writing.

Contributor Bio(s): Philippa Pearce is one of the twentieth century’s greatest children’s writers. Her books include Tom’s Midnight Garden, winner of the Carnegie Medal; The Battle of Bubble and Squeak; and The Squirrel WifeA Finder’s Magic, the last book she wrote before she died in 2006, was created for her two grandsons, to be illustrated by their other grandmother, Helen Craig.

Helen Craig is the widely acclaimed illustrator of such children’s books as This Is the Bear, One Windy Wednesday, and the hugely popular Angelina Ballerina stories. She lives in England.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
When Till's beloved dog vanishes, a strange little man--a Finder--appears at the garden gate and offers to help. The dreamlike story unfolds slowly, and Craig's illustrations, sketchlike black-and-white drawings and crosshatched color pictures, echo the novel's lilting cadences. Pearce and Craig, grandmothers to the same two boys, collaborated on the volume until Pearce's death in 2006. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 June)

K-Gr 4—"There was a boy who went to bed in despair. All night he dreamed his despair, and he woke to desperation." This compelling first sentence introduces Tillawn, who has lost his beloved dog Bess in nearby Gammers' Meadow. Till returns to sleep and dreams of someone waiting at his garden gate. Very early the next morning he rises to meet an elderly stranger, "one of the old Seekers Finders." Finder leads Till back to the meadow to ask chickens and ducks, a heron, a squirrel, and a mole what they know about Bess's disappearance. The two Miss Gammers, "related in some way" and living beside the meadow in separate cottages, contribute more information. A sketch the younger Miss Gammer made provides a tantalizing clue. Finally, old Miss Gammer's brindled cat, speaking in riddles, suggests a dog thief. Searching for Bess brings Till new friends, but can Finder return his best friend unharmed? Craig's art for this handsomely produced volume includes gentle gray-and-white line drawings set throughout the text, as well as full-page paintings in muted colors. Pearce's consummate craftsmanship makes her story, particular to one place and one family, universally appealing. Her polished prose tells a lyrical and dreamlike tale that demands to be read aloud.—Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams

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