I received this book courtesy of Ms. McAdam for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Charlie Kadabra seems like just the average geeky kid in school. He likes to study, has problems with bullies, and has a crush on the new girl. It just takes one odd encounter to throw his life upside down. It turns out that he is the last of a rare breed. He is a magician of Mim, and Mim needs his help. Mim seems to be dying. Should we warn them that Charlie is just twelve years old?
Story Telling: This chapter book is designed so that you could either read it with your children or they can read it by themselves.
Likes: Charlie was a fun guy to follow. He was powerful, but it didn’t seem to go to his head.
Also, Ms. McAdam didn’t fall into the ‘bad guy is bad because he or she was mistreated’ idea. Dr. Pi was rotten in spite of the good men in his life that tried to teach him.
Dislikes: I get that it was a robot, but did Charlie really need to fight a giant spider? That’s just freaky.
Favorite Character: Fen was pretty neat. He was everything a magician needed in an assistant, as well as a friend. Galzria was a close second.
Favorite Quote: King Ariel gives us the quote. It just happens to be something we all need to hear from time to time. “You already have.” Granted it is better in context.
Favorite Scene: The times that Charlie spent in the Citadel were some of the best parts in this book.
Conclusion: This is a cute fun story. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what happens next to Charlie Kadabra. Please enjoy it with your child.