by Cat Weatherill
This was another fun book to read because it made the imagination soar! After all, who hasn’t heard of the Pied Piper? But this book gives his traditional story a mysterious twist. Once I read the description on the inside cover, I knew I would enjoy reading this story because of the magical element that was intertwined with the mythical; totally my cup of tea when selecting a fictional novel.
Wild Magic mixes the legend of the Pied Piper with two new characters, children named Mari and Jakob. Mari is the typical older sibling that takes on the parental responsibility of caring for her younger brother due to the early death of their mother. Her father is crushed by his wife’s death and therefore doesn’t mind handing the reins over to Mari. Enter the town of Hamelin where Mari and Jakob live and which is overran with rats; then enter the Pied Piper who frees the town of those pesky rodents…but he does more than that. With a magical tune from his pipe he leads the children away into a magical place. No one knows why except the Piper, who is known as Finn in this enchanted world.
Truly an engaging read. As I read this book, I had the hardest time putting it down. The story was full of magnificent detail about the Piper and the world in which he lived. The story held surprises almost in every chapter and this kept me absorbed in the adventure for which the Piper was experiencing.
Again, as with trollbridge, I was surprised to read about the Piper’s transformation which had some very descriptive parts but this was a small portion of the book; about two or three paragraphs. It might not be a deciding factor for some, but I felt I should mention it for those who might be more conservative in their reading.
This fun folklore was written for children around nine or older. The book has 278 pages and the font is a nice size – not as small as the typeset found in adult novels. There are no pictures in this book so this might not be for those kids who are still drawn to chapter books or books with pictures in them. Although if you feel your child is at that age where you’d like them to transition, then this would be a great book to do that with. The writer, Cat Weatherill, did a fantastic job in creating a fun-filled story full of words that enables the reader to envision a vivid and graphic world.
Of course I liked this story and if I was entertained by it, I believe other adults would be too. Probably those who like legends, magic, and folklore will enjoy reading this book. I can even see this book being read in a classroom setting. I remember being in the fourth grade and, after lunch, listening to my teacher read to us for about 15-20 minutes as we rested in our seats. Maybe this is a book a teacher would pick for such an occasion!