Okay, here’s a book recommended to me by my nine-year-old. I admit, I didn’t expect to like it. The cover didn’t draw me in, but the first paragraph, and then the first chapter and then the next chapter filled me with the warm glow of a really good book.
Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Amy June Bates is about family, the magic of pets, and yes, talking animals. Not everyone can hear their comments and the book’s anticipation lies in who will hear them next. Filled with great voices for read-alouds, it’s also a book that despite its large font, will appeal to many ages. Listen:
“My friend Max thought it was very exciting. Not that my father was gone, but that Mama had brought home four dogs and a cat.
‘No one’s mother ever does that! Ever!’ said Max, staring at Mama admiringly.
‘She may be insane,’ I told Max.
‘I don’t thing so,’ whispered Max very seriously.”
William’s dad left, and when he returns, William’s not sure he wants him back. The dogs’ wisdom, however, knits the family back together in order to embrace the magic of life.
Unfortunately the cat doesn’t talk much.