The Winter King (The Magic Door, Book 2)

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An ice storm in the desert? A blizzard in Florida?! Everyone in the town of Old Bridgeport is wondering what in the world is causing such wacky weather. When Sarah finds a strange old man at The Magic Door Toyshop, she suddenly suspects it's someone from a different world who is making all the trouble. That world is the Great Kettles, a magic place where storybook characters have a surprisingly real influence over our world. Sarah should know -- she's been there before!

The old man turns out to be none other than Old Man Winter himself, and he's in big trouble. His castle has been taken over, and now winter is in the hands of Kudgel, a blundering novice with high and dangerous ambitions.

Sarah knows Old Man Winter needs her help, but saving the day proves more difficult than she imagined. How is she ever going to help Old Man Winter keep winter from running wild in both worlds?

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About the Author:

Dean Morrissey has made up stories to go with his work ever since he first began to paint. Eventually he began writing and illustrating children’s books. The highly successful Ship of Dreams, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, was published in 1990, followed by The Great Kettles, which won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. His other books include The Christmas Ship, The Moon Robber, The Monster Trap, and The Crimson Comet. Dean Morrissey lives on the south shore of Massachusetts with his wife and son, surrounded by many of the amazing contraptions that are found in his paintings.



Stephen Krensky is the author of over seventy books for children, including How Santa Lost His Job, an ALA Notable Book. He has previously collaborated with Dean Morrissey on The Monster Trap and The Crimson Comet. Stephen Krensky lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Joan, and their two children.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 2-4-Children who have not read the first book in this series will be totally confused by this one. Sarah finishes making her snowman but, instead of heading inside to do homework, she is drawn to The Magic Door Toyshop. It offers a connection to an alternate world called "the Kettles," about which nothing is explained except that it is a magical place. Apparently, Old Man Winter, who regulates the weather in the real world, is involved in a power struggle with Kudgel, who is trying to take over his job. Sarah stows away in Old Man Winter's wagon and finds herself in the Kettles, trying to rescue him, with the help of Jack Frost. Of course, they succeed. Much of the action is difficult to understand. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Done in lush colors, in the style of the Old Masters, with lovely detail, they are of exceptional quality, but they can't make up for a muddled story.
Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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