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I'm seeking PBs with magic! (Yes, they are all magical to us, but I'm looking for the actual theme, LOL.) I'm looking for books more about everyday "magic" than the abra-cadabra type. But feel free to shoot me any magical title!

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#1 - July 03, 2013, 06:55 AM
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I think TOO MANY MITTENS by Florence & Louis Slobodkin has a touch of magical realism. And it's not a PB, but THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is one of my favorite magical stories.
#2 - July 03, 2013, 08:14 AM

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Thank you! "Magical realism" is exactly what I'm seeking. I could not recall the term! (I'm getting old...)

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#3 - July 03, 2013, 09:03 AM
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And here I was thinking what exactly is 'everyday magic'? My daughter's smile? A rainbow? I need a coffee... brain hasn't started up yet.

Imogen's Antlers. Love that book. Some Dogs Do! (Where the dog can fly – I love that book but it makes my daughter cry... because none of the others believe him.)
#4 - July 03, 2013, 09:05 AM

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I love that book but it makes my daughter cry... because none of the others believe him.

That's just it, isn't it? It isn't magic to the little ones; it's real.
#5 - July 03, 2013, 09:37 AM

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I'm not sure I'm on the right track, but what about WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN by Jodi Moore or I NEED MY MONSTER by Amanda Noll?
#6 - July 03, 2013, 11:32 AM

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Possum Magic by Mem Fox
#7 - July 03, 2013, 03:57 PM
I've Got Eyes! - Amicus Ink

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What about Oliver Jeffers The Incredible Book Eating Boy?
#8 - July 03, 2013, 03:59 PM
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#9 - July 03, 2013, 04:42 PM
A RAMBLER STEALS HOME, HMH 2016
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A TREEHOUSE; THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE, Chronicle 2017
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So, are you saying non-witchy magic?

How about SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE. Gosh, I love that book. Can't seem to think of anything else at the moment.

THE TALKING EGGS, maybe?
#10 - July 03, 2013, 05:31 PM
NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
CITY SHAPES, DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS, ONE SNOWY DAY, PIZZA PIG, and more...
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Yeah, non-witchy magic and non-magician magic. Just a magical element that doesn't have a wand and go "poof". LOL.

I love SYLVESTER, too.  :love5:
#11 - July 03, 2013, 08:26 PM
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I love SYLVESTER and STREGA NONA.

EXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett
#12 - July 04, 2013, 07:00 AM
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I was just thinking EXTRA YARN...love everything about that book!

I love magic realism, in adult fiction as well as in children's lit. I come from a theatre background and can easily suspend disbelief...and I think that's what magic realism does so well. It draws us in to a place where we just can't help but choose to believe.

I wish I could come up with some other books.  I'm completely disabled when it comes to remembering titles...
#13 - July 04, 2013, 03:25 PM

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Would Pinkalicious count? She gets pinkatitis.
#14 - July 04, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Definitely what Darshana said - especially the Silverlicious book.
#15 - July 05, 2013, 07:56 AM
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MAXIMILLIAN VILLAINOUS (Running Press Kids) 8/28/18

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CHALK, THE WONDERFUL THING ABOUT HICCUPS, THE DUCHESS OF WHIMSY. CHALK is all pics, but a very mag story. Love love lurvvve the language in HICCUPS.
#16 - July 05, 2013, 11:44 AM

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Good suggestions--keep 'em coming, thanks!

I just remembered A BAD CASE OF STRIPES by David Shannon.
#17 - July 15, 2013, 12:04 PM
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I'm so glad you asked this question, Tara, because I was just wondering the same thing!

A lot of picture books have some kind of magical element, I think, but one book I love that falls squarely in this category is Willoughby and the Moon. Willoughby wakes up one night and discovers the moon in his closet. He visits the moon and plays with some snails who live there.
#18 - August 30, 2013, 08:21 PM
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DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS - Putnam (July, 2020)
DON'T HUG DOUG (Spring, 2021)

Thanks for starting this thread, Tara! I love books that include a magical element—Mem Fox's The Magic Hat, Elisa Kleven's The Wishing Ball, Tony Johnston's The Witch's Hat, Ana Juan's The Night Eater, Kat Yeh's The Magic Brush, Angela Johnson's Lily Brown’s Paintings, and David McPhail's Bear’s Toothache.
#19 - August 31, 2013, 05:39 AM
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My Dinosaur by Mark Alan Weatherby
The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynne Cherry
Tuesday by David Wiesner (any of his books really)
Lu and the Swamp Monster by James Carville
and I always thought The Kissing Hand was magical.
#20 - August 31, 2013, 05:45 AM
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Color and Conjure 2017 (Llewellyn)

Hi all, I'm loving all the examples here. Here are my suggestions: a lot of the work by Steven Kellogg, Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale problem (does that count or is that just odd realism?), Cows that Type, The Polar Express.
#21 - August 31, 2013, 05:41 PM

LOVE Imogene's Antlers! also Harold and the Purple Crayon, Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root, Will's Mammoth by Rafe Martin, Mole Music by David McPhail; all the Martha books by Susan Meddaugh; The Red Book, by Barbara Lehman.
#22 - September 01, 2013, 10:00 AM
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My favorites: The Treehorn Trilogy!

That is: The Shrinking of Treehorn, Treehorn's Treasure, and Treehorn's Wish by Florence Parry Heide & Edward Gorey. All magical and all hilarious.
#23 - September 01, 2013, 02:00 PM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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The Incredible Storybook
#24 - September 01, 2013, 02:50 PM
The GILDED series (Skyscape/ACP)
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PJ Lyons, I love Imogene's Antlers too! Just read Wonderful Thing About Hiccups--it was fantastically imaginative and wonderful--thanks for the recommendation, Couchmine.
#25 - September 07, 2013, 01:49 PM
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We love Flyaway Katie by Polly Dunbar.
#26 - September 07, 2013, 03:03 PM
SWAY, 2012 from Disney-Hyperion
CIRCA NOW, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion
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I had a good time reading

~ The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy
~ The Fantastical Flying Books of Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
~ The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
~ The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
~ The Django by Levi Pinfold


... all magical in their own ways.
#27 - September 09, 2013, 12:53 AM
Writing & Illustrating Quietly Bold Kidlit

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My Clearest Me
Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble

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The Giving Tree
#28 - September 09, 2013, 10:57 AM

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The Legend of the Golden Snail by Graeme Base
#29 - September 09, 2013, 08:24 PM

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Where the Wild Things Are.
#30 - September 10, 2013, 07:36 AM
BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES, Sky Pony Press, 2016
PANDEMIC, Sky Pony Press, 2014
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