He is a Dreamer who is always looking for new ways to use the things around him. His inventions do not always work the way he hoped, but he trusts Ivy to share his ideas and help him. Burdock is Ivy's oldest brother, the one she idolizes because he is not afraid of anything. He is a Provider like their papa, which means he puts himself in danger to get the things the Smallborn need. The stories of his adventures fire Ivy with a wish to be like him.
The two middle brothers are Mallow, a Healer like their mama, and Sorrel, whose gift is Teaching.
Ivy thinks Sorrel is a bore because he lectures her. Mallow's gift does not interest Ivy. All he wants to talk about are herbs and growing things. The big problem in Ivy's life is that she does not know what her gift is. The finding and using of each Smallborn's gift is the thing that will shape their lives. It tells them who they are and how they fit in the small community of the tree-dwelling Smallborn.
The Quickening, when a child's heart awakens to love the Village, and the finding of one's gift are the two most important things in a young Smallborn's life. So book one follows Ivy as she learns who she will be and what it means.
Finding and rescuing the lost colony of Smallborn, the main event in the book, is going to change the lives of everyone in the Village, including Ivy, but it is in the second book that this begins to unfold. Book two, The Smallborn in Flight , begins a new quest for Ivy. Fidelou wants to claim Smallbone's lands and destroy him once and for all. Can Nick find the power to stop Fidelou? Or will he be turned into a helpless slug? Sherman's tale takes place in the present in a sleepy Maine seaside town.
The plot unfolds easily, and though a fantasy, it's not over-the-top for fans of realistic fiction. The characters are well-developed, especially Nick, who learns to value self-knowledge. Avid readers will enjoy Sherman's nods to other literary works, and reluctant readers will find themselves immersed in the tale.
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Recommended as a first purchase. Readers journey with Nick as he stumbles through what was real in his world, his grief at losing his mother, into a magical world that gives him a sense of purpose. Fans of fantasy will be captivated—and hoping for a sequel. Recommended for fans of Harry Potter, this story will captivate older readers while remaining accessible to younger ones. The Evil Wizard Smallbone is a terrific middle-grade fantasy from a skillful, witty, always-inventive storyteller. A couple plot twists add to the action. Themes that include the importance of self-confidence and self-knowledge, as well as the power of appearances and of reading, should resonate with a broad range of readers.
The story is never dull and would make a good read-aloud. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime.
In a hilarious tale reminiscent of T. White, a lost boy finds himself an unlikely apprentice to the very old, vaguely evil, mostly just grumpy Wizard Smallbone. Read more Read less. Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Lifted from the Kirkus review: It is an enduring, unforgiving Maine winter when year-old runaway Nick Reynaud seeks shelter on a frigid night by knocking on the door of small-town evil wizard Zachariah Smallbone. When the evil wizard makes it known that he intends to hold Nick captive as his minion, Nick at first regrets his decision to run away from his abusive uncle and cousin.
It is there that hilarious exchanges between Nick and the snarky magic books whose conversations with him are rather like text messages help him and readers move beyond the fact that he has been kidnapped by a cranky old man. Lurking about in the Maine woods is the arrogant, shape-shifting French werewolf wizard Fidelou, who wishes to conquer the quirky small town sort of a cross between quaint coastal village and Hogsmeade that has been ruled by the wizard Smallbone for centuries.
I liked the book well enough. It didn't really resonate with my reluctant reader 12 year old son, but I feel like it should have.
I read this book aloud to my eight-year-old son, and both of us were enthralled by the story. It's such a joy to find something we both love! The plot is engaging and full of surprising twists that I never saw coming.
The characters avoid falling into any stereotypes while still being excellent fantasy characters. My favorite thing about this book was the true-to-life portrayal of emotions.