The Wizard Comes to Town by Mercer Mayer
(Mercer Mayer Picture Books)

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When Wizard Extraordinaire, Z. P. Alabasium, rents a room at Mrs. Begg’s boarding house, things go mysteriously awry. First, a windstorm blows away the laundry. Then rain falls inside the parlor. Soon strange creatures float through the air, and lizards appear in the guests’ bed. But Mrs. Beggs has a secret up her sleeve. Her great Aunt Celia was a witch and left behind a book of magic spells. Before things get any worse, Mrs. Beggs whips up some magic of her own and gets rid of her wizard problem! But watch out! Her new tenant—a dragon—looks to be even more trouble!

 

About Mercer Mayer

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Mercer Mayer was born December 30, 1943 in Little Rock Arkansas. While attending school at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Mayer decided to enter the field of children's book illustration. He created a portfolio of sketches and peddled them wherever he could. He moved to New York City in 1964, pursuing further instruction at the Art Students League of New York, where he met an artist named Marianna who became his first wife. He soon created a new portofolio and with these new sketches persuaded editors at Dial Press and Harper & Row to give him some illustration work. Mayer published his first book, A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, at Dial Press in 1967. It was notable for being a completely wordless picture book one that tells its story entirely through the use of pictures. Mayer was one of the first illustrators to be credited for using this format. Five more books in this series were to follow. Mayer joined Golden Publishing, creators of Little Golden Books, in 1976. Through them he has sold his "Little Critter" and "Little Monster" series, which are popular with beginning readers. His title Just Me and My Dad made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
 
Published September 4, 2002 by Brighter Child. 48 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In The Wizard Comes to Town by Mercer Mayer, originally published in 1973, a stranger rents a room at Bertha Beggs's boarding house.

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