The Magician's Hat
This is not your typical afternoon at the library -- a magician invites kids to reach into his hat to pull out whatever they find when they dig down deep. Soon -- poof! -- each child comes away with something better than they could've imagined -- a book that helps them become whatever they want to be, and makes their dreams come true through pages and words, and the adventures that follow. But each child can't help but wonder, What's really making the magic happen?
The wonderful and colorful illustrations only add to the beauty of the book. They shed light on the power that one book can hold, especially with one particular illustration in which all of the books look the same except for the one that holds the excitement the young magician is searching for while in the library one day. The metaphorical value here will stand out for any lover of symbolism.
Not only does the story immerse readers in the joy of books, but also in the joy of libraries. The first two pages show a library that any book lover would want to visit, full of family fun and hidden areas where children and adults can tuck themselves away to read to their heart's delight.
An adorable and awe-inducing book that readers will likely want to read again and again, 'The Magician's Hat' is a fantastic story, and hopefully only the first of many by Malcolm Mitchell.
Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen' and 'Sweet Fifteen,' Young Adult Novels
*Review originally posted at YABooksCentral.com*