I’m giving A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd the highest compliment I can give a chapter book. I don’t plan to finish reading it anytime soon. ML saw me reading it the other night. The cover peaked her curiosity. Great job Gilbert Ford. Illustrators of book jackets don’t get the credit they deserve.
Here’s the transcript of our conversation.
ML: What’s that about?
ML: Are you going to recommend that book to me when I’m older?
Me: I don’t know. I’ve only read the first chapter, but Miss Jenn loved it.
ML: She did?
(I work with Miss Jenn. ML thinks she is super cool because she was Mama Bear in the local Christmas Parade. So any book recommended by Miss Jenn is cool in ML’s eyes.)
I’ve read half the book and I’m stopping. I want ML and I to experience the magic of this book unfold at the same time. I’ve read enough to know it’s going to be great. Sometime between 4th-7th grade we’ll read this book.
Below is the publishers synopsis.
Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.
But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck’s about to change. A “word collector,” Felicity sees words everywhere—shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog’s floppy ears—but Midnight Gulch is the first place she’s ever seen the word “home.” And then there’s Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity’s never seen before, words that make Felicity’s heart beat a little faster.
Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.