Tuesday, September 15, 2015

on September 8, 2015
Magical Mea is a second grader who needs to learn how to use her magical powers. But she keeps putting off her magic lessons. Between setting up play dates, study dates and shopping trips, Mea makes it clear that she doesn’t want any magic lessons. Her brother Matt and friend Lily finally come up with a plan to teach Mea how to use magic whether she wants to or not. After school, they meet Mea to walk her home and test her on how she could fix certain items without being seen. It turns out that Mea is so good at using her magic that even Matt and Lily don’t see her fixing anything. So Magical Mea passes her test with flying colors and later on, her magic saves the day.

Ms. Cole’s chapter book teaches a valuable lesson about not avoiding responsibility in a kid-friendly way. Prolific illustrator Kevin Collier artwork give a warm, comfy tone to this story. I think this is a great book for any child who is moving from picture books to chapter books. This book also explains what goes on in the beginning of the school year, so it may also help with any “first day of school: anxiety that may arise. I think that Magical Mea Goes to School would be a fine addition to any school or home library.
on September 7, 2015
Magical Mea Goes to School, written by Penelope Anne Cole and illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier, is a continuation of the story and engaging characters we met in Ms. Cole’s Magical Matthew and Magical Mea books.

Mea has struggled in the past to use her magical powers for good and had to learn not to be such a trickster with her powers. Now starting 2nd grade, Mea’s brother, Matthew, his friend, Lily, and Grandma Nonie are concerned Mea won’t keep her powers “fixing things” secret and feel she needs additional training. Mea has other ideas and wants more play time so over-schedules her after school hours to avoid her “lessons.” Not that the others should be concerned. Mea shows she is perfectly capable of using her “trickster” magic for good all on her own to “save the day.”

Ms. Cole is wonderful at teaching lessons in a fun way without adult intervention and embeds important messages (“I know I helped them and that’s enough”) in a relatable and fun story kids will love. Kevin Scott Collier’s vibrant illustrations are terrific and expressive and really bring Ms. Cole’s story and characters to life.

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