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A boy's drawings on the wall of a magical monster sets off a series of adventures for the two of them, until his mother wants the wall cleaned off
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Kindergarten-Grade 3 When a small boy puts on his Indian suit, magic happens. (Shades of Sendak's Max and his wolf suit!) A monster he's drawn on the wall comes to life. Mag, for "magnificent," realizes some of the boy's fantasies when he eats up a supermarket full of loathsome asparagus and turns a girl bully into a moose. Mom makes the boy wash Mag off the wall, but knowing children will chuckle as the boy redraws a smaller Mag behind his mirrorsafe for another day of imaginary play. While Gackenbach's pink, brown and yellow illustrations are pleasant rather than scary, and his exaggeration of scene and situation contribute some humor, this can't compare with other books in which drawings come to life. More visually exciting are Drescher's Simon's Book (Lothrop, 1983), McPhail's The Magical Drawings of Moony B. Finch (Doubleday, 1978; o.p.) or even Alexander's "Blackboard Bear" adventures (Dial). Susan Hepler, formerly at Ohio State University, Columbus
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Gackenbach's picture books always appeal strongly to small children because they sense his implicit understanding of their feelings and needs. In this story, a little boy tells about the magical adventures generated by his Indian suit. On a day when he's wearing the full regalia, he hears a voice saying, "Draw me on your wall!" The boy obeys, bringing to life a "magnificent monster" in his room. Called Mag for short, the big playmate comes off the wall and joins his friend in terrific exploits. At the supermarket, Mag eats all the asparagus so the narrator will never have to eat another spear of the hated stuff. Mag transforms a bullying girl into a moose, as another favor to the boy: she'll never push him around again. Everything is wonderful until Mother orders the child to wash "that thing" off the wall. He obeys but assures the monster he has a secret plan for bringing him back. The boldly colored pictures jump with vigor and fun.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1985. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First Printing. Flawless, new condition. Jacket has tiny scuff and small bit of soil in rear. A boy's drawings of a magical monster sets off a series of adventures for the two of them. Seller Inventory # 095373