Book Reviews of M Is for Magic

M Is for Magic
M Is for Magic
Author: Neil Gaiman
ISBN-13: 9780061186424
ISBN-10: 0061186422
Publication Date: 7/1/2007
Pages: 272
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
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Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

M IS FOR MAGIC is a collection of eleven short stories. This book was geared for elementary/middle school but I thought that I couldn't read many of the stories aloud in my classroom because some of the themes are pretty adult.

I liked many of the stories, especially THE WITCH'S HEADSTONE. This was a story about a real boy who was living in a graveyard and being raised by ghosts. He decides to do a very kind thing for a ghost who didn't get a gravestone and the story follows the adventure that goes with that decision.

I also enjoyed THE CASE OF FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS. It was a detective story set with nursery rhyme characters. The detective needs to solve the mystery of who killed Humpty Dumpty. It is told with attitude and is very funny.

There are also stories that are scary or just plain creepy. The story about the jack-in-the-box just gave me chills. So if you want to read some good, strange stories that only take about an hour to read, check this book out.
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Wonderful! These are the imaginative short stories you would expect from Neil Gaiman. They fall between Young Adult and Adult reading, to my mind. Highly recommend!
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Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

M IS FOR MAGIC is a collection of eleven short stories. This book was geared for elementary/middle school but I thought that I couldn't read many of the stories aloud in my classroom because some of the themes are pretty adult.

I liked many of the stories, especially THE WITCH'S HEADSTONE. This was a story about a real boy who was living in a graveyard and being raised by ghosts. He decides to do a very kind thing for a ghost who didn't get a gravestone and the story follows the adventure that goes with that decision.

I also enjoyed THE CASE OF FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS. It was a detective story set with nursery rhyme characters. The detective needs to solve the mystery of who killed Humpty Dumpty. It is told with attitude and is very funny.

There are also stories that are scary or just plain creepy. The story about the jack-in-the-box just gave me chills. So if you want to read some good, strange stories that only take about an hour to read, check this book out.
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As with a lot of short stories, there are usually ones you like and ones you don't. That is the case for me in this book. A couple of my favorites are when a detective is sent to investigate Humpty Dumpty's fall, or when and elderly lady finds the holy grail, or a wonderful black cat that is better for the family than they'll ever know. Some of the others were just okay. I guess the biggest disappointment was that they have the story of the Graveyard Book in there (condensed form). I had already read this book and to have this wasted space in there was a bit irritating. Nonetheless is was a pretty good read.
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Yes, another 'children's book'! But I picked it up on CD at the library for a long car trip, thinking it might be something my son and I would enjoy, and we did! First of all, do not miss the introduction by Gaiman who explains why short story collections are so great! We liked "Don't Ask Jack" which was really spooky, and my son loved "Chivalry" which was hysterically funny, and "The Witch's Headstone" makes me want to find "The Graveyard Book" and read it. (Actually this BOT (book on tape) made want to read a lot more by Neil Gaiman! Finally, and NOT least, the author reads the stories himself, and he is marvelous! He is great with dialects and voices. I could listen to him read all day.