Welcome back to my bookshelf!
Continuing both with my short shelf and with the lovely books of Edward Eager, today I am talking about Magic by the Lake!
Although Knight’s Tale follows the children of the four in Half-Magic and is the second book published, Magic by the Lake returns to the first set of children on a summer holiday. The children spend their summer vacation at a lake, instead of by the sea, and they meet a magical creature. Not a genie in a bottle, but a grouchy talking box-turtle. Like all of the best magical beings, he is not simpering and compliant, but sassy and hard to work with, which makes the adventures all the more interesting.
One of the most delightful moments in this book, as with most good books, is when our heroes get into a spot of trouble and need rescuing. The beautiful thing about magic is that the rescue we see here is seen from the viewpoint of the rescuers in his next book, which will be my next blogpost. For people who appreciate time-travel tales (already ahead of myself!), it’s a really brilliant moment.
Edward Eager had an obvious talent for writing stories about children who used magic in spite of its difficulties and complexities, and this story is another charming example. A wonderful choice for children on their own summer vacation looking for a bit of magic.