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Mouse magic
Walsh, Ellen Stoll.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Harcourt Brace, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Kit and the Wizard experiment with colors, finding that some colors vibrate when placed next to each other.
Reading Level:
BR 0 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 25915 Guided reading level: J.
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There's a Wizard who knows how to make colors jiggle and shake. It's magic, he says, just for wizards. But Kit, the mouse, realizes that there's more to color than meets the eye. He also discovers that the magic belongs to the colors, not to the Wizard. So step back, Wizard--it's time for mouse magic! Ellen Stoll Walsh, the creator of Mouse Paint, has shown millions of children how red and yellow create orange. She now reveals that complementary colors--like red and green--can't help dancing when they're put side by side.*From the creator of Mouse Paint and Mouse Count, with more than 550,000 copies sold *Includes a color wheel and simple explanation of color types

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The creator of Mouse Paint and Mouse Count dishes up more concept fun in this picture book about complementary colors. Now that Kit, an androgynous mouse, has mastered primary and secondary colors, a wizard bird wants to teach Kit some color magic. The bird demonstrates that when specific colors--red and green, or blue and orange, for example--are paired in a design pattern, they appear to quiver or move. Young readers may recognize a similar kind of eye trickery from Magic Eye books and posters. An author's note further explains the theory, employing a color wheel. As always, Walsh's crisp-hued, cut-paper compositions seem to pop off the page. Kit's pudgy body and twinkling eyes and Wizard's mottled feathers imply an abundance of personality. Unfortunately, the text is a tad stiff. In her efforts to simplify a somewhat complicated idea, Walsh fails to establish the sharp storytelling rhythm of her best work. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-The creator of Mouse Count (1991) and Mouse Paint (1989, both Harcourt) brings her trademark style to illustrate how combinations of complementary colors can create optical illusions. Wizard insists that his mouse friend Kit's favorite "nice, ordinary, everyday colors" are magic. He mixes them to make jumping and "quivering" patterns. He claims that only he can make the colors move and that it is not "mouse magic." But while Wizard naps, Kit experiments and finds that the magic is in the colors, not the wizard. Unfortunately, the story is not as bright as the colors it features. The text is only a vehicle for examining optical illusions, and there isn't enough action to hold the attention of young children. This same group may also have trouble seeing the visual tricks and understanding the "magic" behind them.-Carolyn Stacey, Jefferson County Public Library, Golden, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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