Lawn Mower Magic

Lawn Mower Magic
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6+
Release Date
February 28, 2012
ISBN
978-0375866616
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With a "POP!" and a puff of smoke, the Willows' lawn mower calls it quits. A new mower will cost their parents a lot of money, money Derek had hoped to borrow for a train ticket to visit a friend. Luckily Derek and his brother and sisters find a rusty push mower tucked away in the shed. It doesn't look like much, but it turns out that it's been soaking up magic for years. And it's hungry for grass! Can Derek "earn" his ticket? Maybe . . . if he, Abner, Tate, and Celia can keep the magic mower under control! Lynne Jonell follows up her Junior Library Guild selection, "Hamster Magic, " with a second story of the Willow family's rowdy run-ins with mixed-up magic.

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Look! A rotary mower!
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The Willows have moved out to a somewhat remote house with a fair acreage. Derek misses his friends at his old home, and wants to get a train ticket and go visit, but money is tight. When the family lawn mower dies, Derek and his brothers and sister find an old rotary mower in the shed and start to tackle the huge job of mowing. It's much easier when they find that the mower is magic, and it happily drags them all over the yard, as well as over some hedges. Can Derek keep the lawn under control so the family doesn't have to buy a new mower, and he will have enough money for a train ticket?

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The second in a series (Hamster Magic is first) this was a fairly amusing Stepping Stone book vaguely reminiscent of the work of Ruth Chew. Since I have a rotary mower, I had to read it.
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