The Wizard

Jack Prelutsky Brandon Dorman

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The Wizard The wizard watchful waits alone within his tower of cold gray stone and ponders in his wicked way what evil deeds he ll do this day What do you think the wizard is planning to do Conjure a magic spe

  • Title: The Wizard
  • Author: Jack Prelutsky Brandon Dorman
  • ISBN: 9780061240782
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The wizard, watchful, waits alone within his tower of cold gray stone and ponders in his wicked way what evil deeds he ll do this day.What do you think the wizard is planning to do Conjure a magic spell Turn a frog into a flea Fill a cauldron with bubbling brew You may think you know but watch out Because if the wizard is bored, he may come looking for you

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    1. Betsy on said:

      It seems like such an obvious notion that I'm more than a little shocked that other publishers haven't dived into the idea first. Step One: Locate a book of children's poetry. Say, Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep, by Jack Prelutsky (circa 1976). Step Two: Say to the author of the poetry (if that person still happens to be alive, of course), "Gee whiz. Wouldn't it be great if we made that old poem of yours, `The Wizard', into its own picture book?" Acquire permission to do so. Step Three: [...]

    2. Bonnie Ferrante on said:

      This book is a wondrous blend of poetry and illustration. The cover draws you in immediately. A wizard, with long white hair and beard, wearing a green robe raises his arms to a magical light above. In one hand is a crooked wand. Caught in the rays is a small green frog. The picture fairly glows with magic.The illustrations inside are not a disappointment. They are all exquisite two page illustrations. They gleam with magical charm.The story rhymes but not in that irritating singsong way that ma [...]

    3. midnightfaerie on said:

      A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 2 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. The writing is poetry with great descriptive words. And the illustrations are beautiful and detailed. A lot of fun for us. A great addition to any children's library.

    4. Tim on said:

      This book is included for future reference, and not for the purposes of being graded for the text set assignment.

    5. Adrienne Furness on said:

      Dorman's lush illustrations bring the poem to life. Fun to read, lovely to look at.

    6. Shauna McKinstry on said:

      The Wizard is an adorable story about an evil wizard and his spells on a frog. The wizard turns him into many strange objects, before returning him to a frog and sending him home. While the story is funny and cute, what really caught my eye were the illustrations. They were colorful and beautiful, and I found myself looking at them for a little longer than a 20 year old should. I would say the illustrations were the best part of the story. It is a book that you could look at the pictures alone, [...]

    7. Emma on said:

      The Wizard By Jack Prelutsky is such a fascinating out-of-this-world kind of book. The book had such a nice flow with sing song kind of poetry that just rolled off the tongue. The illustrations By Brandon Dorman only added to the book bringing the words to life. The front cover page already just drawls you in with wonder and awe of this grand white haired wizard. This would be a great book to read to a group of k-2nd graders that you're teaching about poetry or really bringing in details to writ [...]

    8. Mary Dewley on said:

      The cover of this book is just stunning! I was immediately drawn to it. The illustrations inside are just as beautiful. Most images are depicting movement and just burst from the page, like the mice jumping into the "bubbling brew." Prelutsky's wizard is more mischievous than scary as he casts his spells. He has a kind look about him, but his almost grin betrays him. As you read aloud, the words just flow so effortlessly and the rhyming pattern makes it easy to recall the story, even for the you [...]

    9. Niki Brogen on said:

      The art was stunning. The dynamic angles and the thought put into all the objects that were incorporated into the scenes were wonderful and truly accented the character. It was a simple story of basically "a day in the life" of an evil wizard. Not much substance or deep, life-changing storyline. A cute kids story book that possibly an okay choice for a story to read around halloween time.

    10. Diana Lynn on said:

      Absolutely GORGEOUS art, cool rhymes, but too short! Pretty dark for a kids book and I like dark.

    11. Josiah on said:

      For longtime fans of Jack Prelutsky, The Wizard may ring a bell. The ballad first saw major publication thirty-one years before its debut as a picture book, as one of twelve scary poems in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep, a 1976 collaboration between Jack Prelutsky and legendary book artist Arnold Lobel. That single poem has been extracted from Nightmares and packaged with Brandon Dorman's fantastic paintings, and the result is The Wizard. It appears the artwork is the star of this pictu [...]

    12. babyhippoface on said:

      America's first Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky may have created the wizard, but it's Brandon Dorman's outstanding computer-generated illustrations that will get kids interested in this book. The wizard and his tower are pictured in fascinating detail, from the fireflies in a jar to the snakes in a portrait of Medusa slithering out of the painting. While Dorman's wizard might put older readers in mind of Merlin the magician, younger readers and Harry Potter fans of all ages will see the [...]

    13. Dani - Perspective of a Writer on said:

      Check out more picture book reviews @ Perspective of a WriterThe wizard is high above in a tower above a suburban neighborhood. A frog comes to visit and is magically tortured by the wizard who is quite bored and needs something to do to pass the time.My nephew and I read this book together and he was totally confused. One of the only ones so far this year that he didn't enjoy. The words were not coming together to mean anything to him. The drawings were great and I enjoyed talking him through t [...]

    14. Dione Basseri on said:

      Huh. I was expecting something a little lesslevolent from Disney. Interesting! This is no "Sorcerer's Apprentice" or Merlin, as I had assumed. It's a wizard doing what he wants, and that transforming a frog into a series of inconvenient shapes. Not the best thing for the bullfrog, but a visually enchanting read.Dorman's illustrations are definitely what steals the show, here. While the poem by Prelutsky has a good rhythm, Dorman took the simple text and brought it into multi-color, finely [...]

    15. Nanci on said:

      Booklist says: "In a spooky tower on a cozy suburban cul-de-sac lives a wizard pondering evil deeds. He uses "elemental sorcery" to turn a bullfrog into a flea, which becomes a pair of mice, which emerge as a cockatoo, and so on, until the wizard brings back the frog and banishes it. Contemplating his next trick, the magician peers from his tower window to the street below, where children play: "He may pluck someone off the spot / and turn them into . . . who knows what?" Prelutsky's rhyming tex [...]

    16. Madison on said:

      Personal Reaction: I was drawn to this book because it seemed much different than the other poetry books I had been reading. It only shares a few lines on each page, but the illustrations are incredible. They really add to the story and mesh with the wicked style of the story. Purposes: There are so many styles of poetry, and I think that this style may reach some students in particular. It has a very Harry Potter style and I think that is very attractive to elementary students. It's dark and ma [...]

    17. Alex Austin on said:

      Prelutsky, Jack. "The Wizard". Illus. Brandon Dorman. United States: GreenWillow Books, 2007. Print. Picture Book. Age 3-5. This book is about an evil wizard who stays in his tower and gets random things to turn into other things. He turns animals into different animals and into inanimate objects. This was a great book in which the pictures provided a great depiction of what the text was saying. I thought that the text being written on scrolls was a really good touch in showing the magically qua [...]

    18. Paloma on said:

      I absolutely loved this book! The pictures in The Wizard created a very creepy mood yet was full of color and details. The poem was easy to follow and allows new readers to easily follow along or read the book themselves. The story itself didn't have anything particularly amazing about it but the poem form did make it a fun story to read. The pictures were amazing and really drew me in. The full bleed pictures emphasized the magic in the story and made the pictures come to life. From the long fi [...]

    19. Catherine on said:

      I love Jack Prelutsky, AKA The Children's Poet Laureate. Most of his books that I've read have been themed poetry collections. This is just one narrative poem, and not a very lengthy one at that. The wizard of the title resembles the Dumbledore/Gandalf model, but he's not very nice or very ambitious. Instead, he spends his day turning a bullfrog into one thing after another. Perhaps he's locked inside that tower (we're never told) that looks over a normal-looking suburban neighborhood. At the en [...]

    20. The Brothers on said:

      I got this book because the blurb on the front said it was written by Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelustky. And while the story poem is not bad at all, it's not particularly unique or astonishing. Indeed, I've read many a children's book with better poetry. Just an observationNonetheless, this poem is of a wizard who apparently lives in a regular ol' neighborhood and is debating what evil he will perpetrate this day by transmogrifying (to borrow from Calvin & Hobbes) a bullfrog into a var [...]

    21. Judy on said:

      The text, by Jack Prelutsky, is spare but would be a great read-aloud. The true magic of this book is in the illustrations. The double-page edge-to-edge graphics have rich colors. My only slight quibble here is with the wizard's treatment of the poor unsuspecting bullfrog. After he turns the frog into different objects and returns him to frog form, he makes the frog vanish "midway through a frightened croak." Children might feel sad about the frog's fate and need to be reassured that, although t [...]

    22. Danielle Trevino on said:

      I discovered this book while looking for fairy tale genre related books. Needless to say, it was an excellent find. The poetry that Jack Prelutsky presents will reel any child into this magical book. The pictures are definitely what help define the book and make it so incredible. I was amazed at how detailed each picture was. When I read it for the first time, I was so excited to see what the illustration was going to be on the next page. A great lesson would be for the students to create their [...]

    23. Sq.Hill Library on said:

      In the wake of the wizard-positive Harry Potter extravaganza, this book for younger children reminds us of the darker side of wizardry. Told in wonderfully rhythmic rhyme, the story of a wizard who catches a frog and changes it into many different objects through his dark arts is told more effectively through the richly layered and detailed illustrations than through the text.Very young children might be worried by the final pages, where there is an implication of the wizard turning a child into [...]

    24. Heidi on said:

      When I cracked open this book and saw the fantastic picture of a crumbling wizard's tower in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, I was excited to see the dynamics between the fantasy world and the modern world. I was disappointed that the entire picture book was about changing a toad into various creatures and back into a toad again. This book could have been so much more.I was hoping for the wizard getting into an argument with the city council over zoning, or the wizard zapping a neighbor o [...]

    25. Jessica on said:

      I am glad that I took the time to read the reviews of this book. This poem was taken from Prelutsky's book "Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep" Ummm yeah. It's not a book of poetry that I would have picked up even though I love Prelutsky. This would have been a little too dark for my more sensitive girls (but it may work for your family not ours). HOWEVER, the illustrations are AMAZING. Amazing.

    26. Bailey Scales on said:

      I am big fan of Jack Pretlusky's work. He is a very creative and an amazing poetry writer. I enjoyed this book because I am bit of a nerd and love all things magic. The Wizard is a magical poetry book that would teach third or fourth graders new words such as ponders, gaunt, fiendish, elemental sorcery, perplexed, and so on. Pretlusky uses imagery, higher vocab words, all within the use of poetry. The book also includes wonderful illustrations.

    27. (NS) Lauren on said:

      Grade/Interest Level: K-2The wizard, watchful, waits alone within his tower of cold gray stone and ponders in his wicked way what evil deeds he'll do this day. What do you think the wizard is planning to do? Conjure a magic spell? Turn a frog into a flea? Fill a cauldron with bubbling brew? You may think you know . . . but watch out. Because if the wizard is bored, he may come looking for you!

    28. Millie Simonds on said:

      I thought that this book was so cute and would be a great example of rhyming to children. It is a book by Childrens Poet Jack Prelutsky about a Wizard who does magic to change things in to other things. The wizard is supposedly evil so I believe that it would be a good book to read around halloween. I would read this book in the classroom and then have each child come up with their own animal rhyme that the wizard changed into another animal. The setting is the Wizard's grey stone tower.

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