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The Magician's Elephant

By Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by Yoko Tanaka

Kate DiCamillo conjures a haunting fable about trusting the unexpected and making the extraordinary come true.

What if? Why not? Could it be? When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes — hope and belonging, desire and compassion — with the lightness of a magician’s touch.

  • Film rights have been sold to Fox 2000, with Julia Pistor (Charlotte's Web and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) to produce
  • An all-new novel by New York Times bestseller and Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo
  • An exciting new pairing with fine artist Yoko Tanaka

About the author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Tale of Despereaux, which was awarded the Newbery Medal and is now an animated feature film from Universal; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor winner; The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award Finalist; the picture book Great Joy; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. She lives in Minneapolis.

About the illustrator

Yoko Tanaka is a graduate of the Art Center College in Pasadena, California. She is the illustrator of Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers, and Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker. Yoko Tanaka lives in Los Angeles and Bangkok.

ISBN: 9780763644109
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 1, 2009
Dimensions: 133 x 196mm, 208pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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