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The Magic Word

illustrated by Elise Parsley


About the Book

A hilarious take on what a magic word really is from Mac Barnett, the award-winning, bestselling author of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, and Elise Parsley, the bestselling author/illustrator of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! and If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't!

When Paxton C. Heymeyer’s babysitter tells him to say the magic word, she could never have imagined that what would happen next would be a walrus chasing her, an elephant in the living room playing cards, and a full water park and moat in the front yard. And that’s just the beginning…

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Critical Praise

“The stuff of kids’ wildest dreams” —Kirkus Reviews

“A subversive take on the topic of manners that still manages to deliver a message about human decency.” —The Horn Book

“[A] wild, relatable fantasy...This telling will resonate with (and tickle) the intended audience.” —Booklist

“Barnett’s narration hits all the right wry notes…while Parsley’s expressive, exaggerated drawings give the story the tight narrative arc, visual breeziness, and snappy comic rhythms.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for EXTRA YARN: “Understated illustrations and prose seamlessly construct an enchanting and mysterious tale.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for EXTRA YARN: “Klassen’s deadpan, stylized illustrations impeccably complement Barnett’s quirky droll writing.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for EXTRA YARN: “There’s nothing to say but perfect.” —Lane Smith, New York Times bestselling author of IT'S A BOOK

Praise for BILLY TWITTERS AND HIS BLUE WHALE PROBLEM: “Definitely funny and slyly subversive.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for THE CLOCK WITHOUT A FACE: “Ready to get your mind blown? Then dig into this.” —Booklist (starred review)

Praise for THE CLOCK WITHOUT A FACE: “Clock seamlessly blends the playfulness of the kids’ books we wished we had and the sophistication of [McSweeney’s] trademark design.” —Time Out Chicago

Praise for THE CLOCK WITHOUT A FACE: “Part The Westing Game, part Masquerade, this board book mystery lures readers in with its pentagonal shape, dry humor, and pages of intricate details.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for OH NO! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World): “Barnett’s telegraphic text packs wicked humor into economical, comic book-style lines.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for OH NO! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World): “Santat’s brilliantly hued digital illustrations are the perfect foil for Barnett’s almost-wordless tale of a science project gone awry. A must-have.”- —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for GUESS AGAIN: “An especially fun book to share” —School Library Journal

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062354846
  • ISBN 10: 0062354841
  • Imprint: Balzer + Bray
  • On Sale: 10/04/2016
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price: 21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Words

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