The Wizard by Bill, Jr. Martin

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The wizard demonstrates the tricks he can do on earth and in the air.

About Bill, Jr. Martin

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Children's writer Bill Martin, Junior, was born in Kansas and graduated from Emporia State University. He taught in Kansas and was a school principal in Chicago. Martin later developed two literature-based reading programs for Holt, Rhinehart and Winston and acted as a teacher's consultant. Martin has written over three hundred children's books, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? He made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 for this title. Salvatore "Sal" Murdocca was born on April 26, 1943. He attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City majoring in illustration. After graduating in 1960, he spent another year studying at the Art Students League while apprenticing in a commercial art studio. Before becoming a children's book illustrator, he had a successful nine-year career as an advertising and magazine illustrator. Since 1970, he has written ten books and illustrated hundreds of others. He is best known as the illustrator of the Magic Tree House series written by Mary Pope Osborne.
Published January 1, 1970 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 36 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Four assistants--a frog, a mouse, an insect, and a grimly appealing droog (a pea soup-colored assistant that looks like a cross between Marty Feldman and a chimpanzee)--engage the wizard in a series of games, accompanied by Martin's simple rhyming text (``I pong.

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Aided by his assistants--a frolicsome frog, an albino rat and a green gnome--a wizard prepares to cast a spell, reciting all the while.

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Chanting in rhymes, a wizard prepares to cast a spell in Martin's (see review of Swish!, p.

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Huffington Post

– by George Heymont Playwright Bridgette Dutta Portman Agnes Denes managed to synthesize several of the principal tendencies of the late 1960s – minimalism, conceptual art, visual poetry, earthworks, body art, process art, feminism – and did so deftly and succinctly in so many drawings on grap...

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It is drawn in many of the same broad strokes as Clarke’s story, like a fairy-tale or a story literally told to the audience, with language suitable for a child but still evocative and telling for an adult reader.

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Gather Books

As John Updike states in his review in The New Yorker: “When the Wizard, with his moral scruples and self-doubts, is not onstage, the novel becomes puppetry, a Punch-and-Judy show whose grotesque politicos keep whacking one another.” Wizard of the Crow at its core is an African novel, written...

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