Kit is the son of the Queen's witch doctor and takes his best friend, Prince Henry, on a night time ride on his magic carpet to see the werewolves in the Tower of London. But when Henry falls into the den and is bitten, Kit is forbidden to see him and the Queen sends for Stafford Sparks, the Royal Superintendent of Scientific Progress, to cure Henry with electricity. Kit dKit is the son of the Queen's witch doctor and takes his best friend, Prince Henry, on a night time ride on his magic carpet to see the werewolves in the Tower of London. But when Henry falls into the den and is bitten, Kit is forbidden to see him and the Queen sends for Stafford Sparks, the Royal Superintendent of Scientific Progress, to cure Henry with electricity. Kit decides he must rescue his friend and prove to the Queen that magic is still alive - but his attempts end up leading him into the tunnels under London, and into terrible danger....
|Title||:||A Handful of Magic|
|Number of Pages||:||168 Pages|
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A Handful of Magic Reviews
Kit Stixby, the son of the Queen's witch doctor, is bristling with magical talent---and bored out of his mind. This leads quite naturally to trouble, although trouble of a worse sort is looming over him. As the Queen has begun favoring newfangled science like electricity over magic, it looks like magic is on its way out and science is on its way in, which could put Kit's father out of a job and leave Kit himself with no future. Far more important to Kit, however, is the prank that spiraled out of control and landed Henry---the Queen's grandson and Kit's closest friend---sick from a werewolf bite. Without magic, Henry won't get well. Kit doesn't know what he can do, but he's determined to try.Right from the start, Kit shows himself undisciplined, irresponsible, arrogant, and childish. It was a little hard to take him seriously throughout the story because of that; some of the things Kit interprets as bad events are merely discipline he's been long overdue. Kit and Henry are the only characters reasonably fleshed out, and even they're pretty one-dimensional.The plot dives into an alternate steampunk London where magic, not science, is applauded. The enemy is Progress, exemplified by Kit's personal battle against electricity. (One woman, amusingly enough, even tells a friend that coal dust is good for the lungs) The person at the forefront of this electricity movement has ulterior motives, of course, but the book never attempts to give a reason why things ought to stay the same and not move forward (or alternately, what's so much better about magic than electricity).It's not a bad story, overall, just rather thin. The characters are thin, the plot is too straightforward, the setting seems to be typical London with the exception of flying vehicles and a few strange critters, and the book raises some bigger issues it never explores. Younger readers will probably appreciate this more than older ones. I rate this book Neutral.
I had never heard of this, but we all loved it. A great story for children, featuring Wizards, flying carpets, broomsticks, Queen Victoria, her Grandson, St Paul's Cathedral, the Bank of England, the Tower of London.So much more than Harry Potter, but also a great London book. We did a tour around where it was set afterwards which was equally fun.Thoroughly recommend this. I only docked one star for it being slightly too reverential about Eton at the end... it may have been a fantasy Eton (a magic Academy) but its still a booby prize for me, and although I like the Young James Bond novels also set there - they cast it as the petty, Conservative and at times cruel place that it is/was.
British kid wizard fantasy, 2001 by Oxford University Press. It was okay, kept to one point of view mostly, and the prose (in translation, anyway), was all right. A few details that were very Potteresque (the bat that carries messages, for example), but overall, fulfilled the entertaining purpose it had. I could have been more emotionally engaged and enjoyed it better.
This was a great book to read to my seven-year old boys, set in a magical version of Victorian London, with goodies, baddies and all sorts of strange flying contraptions. We really enjoyed it.