Friday, October 29, 2010

Magic Trixie, by Jill Thompson (ages 7 - 10)

Magic Trixie is a treat for 3rd and 4th graders who love playful stories, graphic novels and fun characters. The graphic novel section is the most popular section at our library, and so I'm always seeking out new titles. I was delighted to find this series, with its vibrant colors and fun stories, and it's been a hit with kids so far.
Magic Trixie
by Jill Thompson
NY: Harper Trophy, 2008
ages 7 - 10
available on Amazon and at your local library
Magic Trixie is a little witch who has growing pains just like all kids. At home, she's frustrated that she can't do anything fun, while her baby sister gets away with everything. And then at school, all her friends seem to have the coolest tricks to share. So when her teacher tells them it's share and tell day, Magic Trixie knows she has to find a really special trick to impress all her friends.

Magic Trixie is bursting with color, action and emotion. The illustrations are bright and energetic, full of details that make you laugh. The text is simple enough to be read independently by a 3rd grader, so it will appeal to kids who have moved beyond the Babymouse books. Best of all, while the stories are definitely full of magic and fantasy, they're grounded in kids' every day experiences: friendships, family life, and struggles all kids go through.

Take a look at the book on HarperCollin's website. You can see the first 20 pages and get a real feel for the book.

Jill Thompson has written two other books featuring Magic Trixie and her friends: Magic Trixie Sleeps Over and Magic Trixie and the Dragon. She is an established comic book illustrator and writer, and I'm so happy she's writing for this age group. Her Scary Godmother comics have just been collected into a hardcover book that will be great for libraries!

The review copies came from my local public libraries. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this page, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books (at no cost to you). Thank you for your support!


  1. I've put this down as a Christmas possibility for my neice--thanks!

  2. This looks very cute! I often feel like there aren't enough fantasy books for the slightly younger crowd, so I'll have to look for this one.