by Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
Candlewick Press. Junior. Hardback rrp $24.95
Yoko Tanaka’s full-page illustrations, inserted at intervals in this short chapter book, add depth to characters and their plight. Large eyes and every imaginable shade of grey demonstrate heartfelt despair, while wistful smiles speak of hope that never dies.
The Magician’s Elephant is a tale of tragic realities and suffering, but it is also a story of promises and possibilities - for those who are brave enough.
‘Magic is always impossible…That is why it is magic.’ So says the one who would know: the magician.
Has everyone gone mad? Perhaps that is the case, as Peter seeks what cannot be. It seems as if anything could happen. Anything at all, when you believe.