Monday, December 3, 2012

Magical Matthew


Children are fascinated by things that seem magical, and Matthew certainly fits into this category in this delightful book by Penelope Anne Cole. Matthew has a special talent that many people would love to have. When something is broken, he just thinks about it being fixed and it is.

But although Matthew has the magical power to fix objects, he discovers he can't fix everything. His young friend Lily is in a wheelchair and can't walk. He wants very much to make that happen, but he can't. He soon learns a valuable lesson about what can be accomplished without resorting to magic and in spite of handicaps as friends work together for a common goal of helping others and making things better.

The bold and colorful illustrations by Kevin Collier add to the attraction of the story for children, who will likely be asking for this book over and over, enjoying Matthew's gift, thoughtfulness and the surprise at the end.

8 comments:

Susan Hornbach said...

Thanks for the review Connie. I too reviewed this entertaining book for children. Wishing you great success Penny on this book, and the next book in the series to come.

Janet Ann Collins said...

I agree that it's a good book.

Robyn Campbell said...

I'd never heard of this book, Connie. I do know Kevin Collier though. From the old CW listserve. This story sounds inspiring. I MUST get it. :-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Connie - love that they find out they can work together to help others' lives - looks like a good buy. Cheers Hilary

Penelope Anne Cole said...

Hi Connie, thanks so much for the lovely review. And thanks for reading it to your grandchildren. I'm so glad they like it. Thank you all.

Nancy Stewart said...

I really like this book. Fun to see it reviewed so much!!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What a great sounding book! I love the idea of being able to fix things with your mind, plus the added lesson with the disabled friend. Great review, Connie!

Penelope Anne Cole said...

I just want to say again how much I really appreciate all the supportive comments and well-wishes. I hope my book's positive message will get wide exposure. Thank you all.