Reviews for Magician's Elephant


AudioFile Reviews 2011 January
When 10-year-old Peter Augustus Duchene puts his only florit, designated for fish and bread, into the hand of a fortune-teller, the single question he asks brings profound change to his life. How can the command to "follow the elephant" be lucid or even be possible in the mythical city of Baltese? Kudos to Juliet Stevenson for her rendering of DiCamillo's haunting work. Stevenson is ethereal and mystical as narrator. She gives vigorous characterization to each quirky character--from aging magician and verbose noblewoman to gentle long-lost sister Adele. In addition to spinning a fine story as the orphanage's Sister Marie, she sings the beggar's rhymes and barks out the soldier's orders. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 February

Gr 4-6--When a fortuneteller informs Peter Augustus Duchene, a 10-year-old orphan, that his younger sister is alive, a magical tale unfolds, interweaving the lives of unusual of characters including an elephant that inexplicably crashes through the roof of the opera house as a result of a magic trick gone wrong. This sometimes mysterious and shadowy, but ultimately hopeful tale reminds us that even in the darkest of times, all is not lost. Written by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, this superb tale (Candlewick, 2009) is another example of her exceptional storytelling skills. Juliet Stevenson brings the haunting tale to life with a brilliant repertoire of voices that creates the illusion of a multicast performance. This tale is meant to be listened to and is sure to be appreciated and treasured by listeners.--Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY

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