Half Magic by Edward EagerHalf Magic by Edward Eager

Half Magic

byEdward EagerIntroduction byAlice HoffmanIllustratorN. M. Bodecker

Paperback | May 24, 2016

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A charming new look for Edward Eager?s classic Tales of Magic series Since Half Magic first hit bookshelves in 1954, Edward Eager's Tales of Magic have become beloved classics. Now all seven cherished stories by Edward Eager about vacationing cousins who stumble into magical doings and whimsical adventures are available in updated paperback editions. The original lively illustrations by N. M. Bodecker have been retained, but eye-catching new cover art gives these classics a fresh, contemporary look for a whole new generation.

It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk.
Jane finds the coin, and because she and her siblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen.
And something does: Her wish is granted.
Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true.
It turns out the coin grants wishes-but only by half, so that you must wish for twice as much as you want.
Wishing for two times some things is a cinch, but other doubled wishes only cause twice as much trouble. What is half of twice a talking cat? Or to be half-again twice not-here? And how do you double your most heartfelt wish, the one you care about so much it has to be perfect?

Includes an introduction by Alice Hoffman
EDWARD EAGER (1911-1964) worked primarily as a playwright and lyricist. It wasn't until 1951, while searching for books to read to his young son, Fritz, that he began writing children's stories. His classic Tales of Magic series started with the best-selling Half Magic, published in 1954. In each of his books he carefully acknowledges...
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Title:Half MagicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.63 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544671724

ISBN - 13:9780544671720

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Half Magic This book is very interesting and things happen very unexpectedly!!!!!! It ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Half Magic I read this book a couple years ago and I can still remember characters and story-lines! Right now, I am in the process of reading it to my younger brothes who have enjoyed many other of my childhood favourites. Hear, hear!
Date published: 2000-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Half Magic I read this book (and the others in the series, along with C.S. Lewis and an assortment of other melancholy time travel / magic books - Traveller in Time, Wrinkle in Time) every summer when I was a kid in the late 50s & 60s, pretty much through high school. I'm buying for the little girls on the block who come to my house to make Christmas presents and get help with their homework and watch all the classic kid flicks; they're Chinese Canadian, and school these days doesn't do much with the classic favourites, so they get them from me. And to keep a while for my toddler nieces (the nephew prefers Bradbury). The Eager books, and the illustrations, and tremendous. Boy and girl characters, (half) talking cats, what I remember as very non-cloying characters and dialogue. It's wonderful that they're still available. And cheap. Buy them!
Date published: 1999-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Half Magic I read this book (and the others in the series, along with C.S. Lewis and an assortment of other melancholy time travel / magic books - Traveller in Time, Wrinkle in Time) every summer when I was a kid in the late 50s & 60s, pretty much through high school. I'm buying for the little girls on the block who come to my house to make Christmas presents and get help with their homework and watch all the classic kid flicks; they're Chinese Canadian, and school these days doesn't do much with the classic favourites, so they get them from me. And to keep a while for my toddler nieces (the nephew prefers Bradbury). The Eager books, and the illustrations, and tremendous. Boy and girl characters, (half) talking cats, what I remember as very non-cloying characters and dialogue. It's wonderful that they're still available. And cheap. Buy them!
Date published: 1999-10-30

Editorial Reviews

Half Magic is a funny, charming, timeless book, as much a pleasure to read to a child now as it was forty years ago. Those who had it read to them then may even have an obligation to pass on the pleasure." - The New York Times Book Review

* "Ingenious make-believe. . . . Satisfying variety, surprise, and laughter. . . . A book children will want to read at one sitting." - Library Journal, starred review"