It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk. Jane finds the coin, and becasue she and her sblings 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?"
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 137.16 x 193.04 x 20.32mm | 158.76g
- 31 Mar 1999
- Elsevier Australia
- Harcourt Publishers Group (Australia) Pty.Ltd
- Marrickville, Australia
- New edition
- New edition
"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"
In a departure from the picture story book age (see Mouse Manor and Red Head) the author sets down a period piece (about 1900) and comes up with a family fantasy that carries off the make believe with assurance. When fatherless Jane, Mark, Katherine and Martha, all ages, whose mother works on a newspaper, find an old coin, things begin to happen. Their wishes send them on adventures to such far strands as King Arthur's Court and the Sahara Desert and not only that, but the coin brings them a new father in the person of compatible Mr. Smith whom the children all learn to love in good time. Layer cake. (Kirkus Reviews)