The Time Garden by Edward Eager

Eh. Magical creature + group of kids + time travel stuff = what SHOULD be a great book, but instead turned out to be bleh. Magical plants are interesting and I liked the kids (kinda), but there’s just something in this book that kept me from really loving it. Maybe it’s too much like some other Edward Eager books? There’s time travel and visits to foreign lands, which is basically Half Magic and Seven-Day Magic. Read More …

REVIEW: The Well-Wishers by Edward Eager

Guess what The Well-Wishers is! It is the sequel to Magic or Not! AND I REALLY LOVE IT. It’s kind of the perfect sequel: similar enough to Magic or Not to give me the warm squishy feelings of reading a really awesome book, but different enough so it’s not just the same story over again. For example! It’s written in first person POV, and each kid gets their own chapter to tell their part of Read More …

REVIEW: Seven-Day Magic by Edward Eager

Another great Edward Eager book! Seven-Day Magic has a lot of similar qualities to Magic or Not?, my current favorite Ed. Eager book. It’s got older kids (so there’s less time spent explaining things to younger siblings), themes of friendship, responsibility and trust run throughout, and it’s very, very meta. Seven-Day Magic is special, though, because it’s got book-related magic in it! As a book nerd, I got a special thrill from that. The kids Read More …

REVIEW: Magic or Not? by Edward Eager

I don’t remember ever reading this book AT ALL before (so it’s probably not the one I was thinking of when I read Half Magic), but now that I’ve read it I’ve realized just how GOOD Edward Eager’s books can be. Half Magic has got problems, right? Sexism, racism, kinda boring. Magic or Not? has none of those problems. The girls are just as active and fun as the boys, and they’re not obsessed with Read More …

REVIEW: Half Magic by Edward Eager

This isn’t my favorite Edward Eager book, but it’s the only one I have so far. So! Half Magic is a cute book, though not without its 1950s problems of light racism/sexism. The girls are all preteen housewives, and there’s a semi-uncomfortable scene with the kids and an Arabian villain. However! There’s ALSO another scene where Katherine turns herself into a knight and kicks Lancelot1 in the rear during a tournament.2 So it kinda balances Read More …