Cover image for Magic thinks big
Magic thinks big
Cooper, Elisha.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Greenwillow Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A cat sits in the doorway and tries to decide whether to go inside where he might get fed again, go outside where he might have an adventure, or stay where he is.
Reading Level:
AD 460 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 78056.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 36875 Guided reading level: H.

Format :


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Material Type
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Magic the cat is
very large,
very round,
and unable to
make up his mind.

Magic the cat is
sort of silly,
sort of sleepy, and
stuck in one spot.

Magic the cat
may not be moving,
but his imagination
has taken flight.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Anyone who has owned a cat will recognize Magic. The solid brown-and-white cat stands and looks outside, contemplating his next move. The text, a straightforward line or two per page, captures his thoughts: Should he go in? Or out? Or should he stay right where he is? As the story progresses, Magic becomes more ambitious. Perhaps he will chase the loons, eat salmon and pie on a nearby island with the bears, or ride home on a moose. But when the book ends, Magic is just where he was at the beginning--looking outside. Cooper's artwork charms, sometimes in two-page spreads or pages divided into vertical columns. It not only conveys a sense of Magic's musings but also paints a lovely picture of island life, with the blues of the sky and sea predominating. Despite the simplicity of both the words and the fluid artwork, it may be four-, five-, and six-year-olds who are best able to project themselves into the mind of a cat--a tantalizing exercise. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this charming adventure, Cooper takes readers into the mind of a sizable tabby cat. Sitting in a doorway, Magic has a big decision to make: "Should he go in? Or out? Or should he stay right where he is." Not one to waste energy, the cat ponders his options at length and uses his imagination to consider all of the possibilities. Perhaps getting a bit carried away, he muses about catching a salmon and riding on the back of a moose to an island to share it with some friendly bears. However, in the end, it is revealed that Magic has not moved a muscle. The simple text is full of dry humor and whimsy. The dreamy pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are a pleasing mixture of soft colors and thick lines. The artwork has a fluid quality that perfectly captures the feline's fanciful journey. A photograph of the real 18-pound cat appears on the back cover. This magical picture book will delight young animal lovers.-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.