Spells

By the same author-illustrator as The Odd Egg, Emily Gravett‘s Spells is a wonderfully clever twist on mix-and-match cut pages books in which children can create ever more improbable creatures by combining the top of one animal with the bottom half of another. The basic premise? “Lonely frog, fun-loving, attractive (2 1/2 inches tall), likes nights out, swimming, and kisses, seeks beautiful princess to share life’s ups and downs.” He looks for a spellbook to turn him into a prince, but the “hocus croakus” just keeps going wrong, splicing him into different creatures. (Your toddler can help.) Does he become a prince? Find a princess? You’ll have to read this absolutely fabulous gem to find out. Giggle factor: yes. Adult enjoyment: honestly, this is such a funny book with very clever art. What’s not to like? Illustrations: five jelly jars plus a bunch of peanuts on the side.

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~ by kaychubbuck on August 6, 2010.

3 Responses to “Spells”

  1. […] By the same author-illustrator as Spells, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, and The Odd Egg, Emily Gravett‘s The Rabbit Problem takes an inventive look at numbers […]

  2. […] Like Spells, The Rabbit Problem, and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, Emily Gravett‘s Meerkat Mail uses a variety of storytelling techniques to chronicle Sunny the Meerkat’s adventures […]

  3. […] Emily Gravett‘s Blue Chameleon is, I must admit, rather more like Leo Lionni‘s A Color of His Own than it is like Gravett’s Spells, Meerkat Mail, or other quirky books. But it is a very sweet, extremely short & beautifully illustrated introduction to colors nonetheless […]

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