Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Magical Matthew

Penelope Anne Cole has written a book based on a creative concept. Magical Matthew is about a boy who has a magic power, but it's unlike any magical power I've ever heard of before. He can fix broken things by simply wishing them whole.

One thing Matthew can't fix is his friend, Lily, who uses a wheelchair because she can't walk. But that doesn't keep them from being friends, and Lily eventually learns about Matthew's secret power.

Unfortunately something happens to destroy Matthew's magic. His friendship with Lily lasts and he realizes he may be able to fix things without using magic, but that's not the happy ending of the book. I don't want to spoil it, so you'll have to read the book to find out what that is.

The colorful illustrations by Kevin Collier capture the cheerful mood of the story perfectly and lots of kids will enjoy reading Magical Matthew or having it read to them. Maybe some of them will even be inspired to find ways to help others.


9 comments:

Penelope Anne Cole said...

Thanks, Jan, for the great review! I do hope kids will be inspired to use their gifts and talents to do good.

Janet Ann Collins said...

You're welcome, Penelope.

Margot Finke said...

Love Magical Matthew, Penny. And if it doesn't inspire kids I will eat my hat - if I had one!!

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Sharon Stanley said...

I enjoyed reading your review...Magical Matthew sounds like a fun book of twists and turns. I have a feeling it's an inspirational one too! Thanks for reviewing. I love reading these reviews!

Susan Hornbach said...

I thought magical Matthew was an entertaining book for kids. I too reviewed it and posted on Amazon.

I gave it five stars, because I think children will find it a book they will want to identify with, and also I felt it had some good life messages.

Thanks for sharing your review Janet.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments.

BarbaraB said...

Hi Jan,
Thanks for reviewing Magical Matthew. Looks really fun.

Jack Foster said...

Congrats Penelope! Wonderful concept. It sounds inspirational and fun!

Janet Ann Collins said...

I appreciate all the comments.