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A wizard and his wife will do anything to avoid walking the dog, feeding the cat, and other ordinary activities. Lounging in their easy chairs, they manage to solve their little problems with a wave of their wand. How far will the lazy wizards go to avoid doing household chores? The answer lies in this zany picture book that could only have been created by John O'Brien.
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John O'Brien has illustrated many books for children, including The Twelve Days of Christmas and I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello. Recognized by the Society of Illustrators, he is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorker.From Publishers Weekly:
Two wizard spouses practice one-upsmanship in this brief, very polite war of magic wands. The quarrel starts with both relaxing on either side of a baby's crib, wearing the starry robes and peaked caps of their trade. " 'It's your turn to change the baby,' said the wizard's wife. 'Yes, my dear,' said the wizard with a wave of his wand. 'But...' Poof! 'It's your turn to feed the cat.' " When the pale-orange smoke clears, the baby is indeed changedAa pie-eyed brown cat has taken its place. Mrs. Wizard calmly agrees that the cat is her responsibility, but adds, "If you recall, you're supposed to walk the dog." In another explosive "Poof!," a white dog appears where the cat (i.e., the baby) had been. The wizards continue their evenly matched contest by transforming the weather, their house and finally themselves. O'Brien (The Bookworm's Feast) illustrates the hocus-pocus with swooping, tempestuous pen-and-ink drawings and pointillistic, shimmery dots of watercolor. His determined characters vie for absurd comebacks and call out treacly nicknames like "lovey-poo" and "my precious" throughout their competition, parodying a typical marital spat. Parental bickering may not be the best stuff of comedy, but the antagonists do arrive at a workable family solution: with a final poof, they and their child turn into ducks and live "quackily ever after." Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1590783743
Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1590783743