Posts Tagged: magic

On keeping magic to oneself

I first (and possibly only ever read) The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks when I was eleven, as one of the books in my English classroom library. We had silent reading time, and I picked that book to read.

On keeping magic to oneself

I first (and possibly only ever read) The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks when I was eleven, as one of the books in my English classroom library. We had silent reading time, and I picked that book to read.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on being surrounded by friends

In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson on being surrounded by friends

In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rafael Abalos on listening and believing

Listen to my words, Incredulous inhabitants of the Earth, People who distrust  any prodigy, Unbelievers and sceptics, whom magic never unsettles or disturbs. Listen carefully and believe me,  For the story herein in told, Besides beautiful is true. Heighten your

Rafael Abalos on listening and believing

Listen to my words, Incredulous inhabitants of the Earth, People who distrust  any prodigy, Unbelievers and sceptics, whom magic never unsettles or disturbs. Listen carefully and believe me,  For the story herein in told, Besides beautiful is true. Heighten your

On histories flicked with magic

The book of 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up has pictures. Some of them are illustrations from the picture books it praises in the first 100 pages, some of them are of the books that have been translated

On histories flicked with magic

The book of 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up has pictures. Some of them are illustrations from the picture books it praises in the first 100 pages, some of them are of the books that have been translated

On real dragons and imaginary meat-pies

The last couple of days I have been talking about buying books, and have not mentioned reading books! I have just finished ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’ by Ursula Le Guin. It took me a while to get into it, but I

On real dragons and imaginary meat-pies

The last couple of days I have been talking about buying books, and have not mentioned reading books! I have just finished ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’ by Ursula Le Guin. It took me a while to get into it, but I

Oscar Wilde on things that are not and that should be

 ‘Dragons will wander about the waste places, and the phoenix will soar from her nest of fire into the air. We shall lay our hands upon the Basilisk, and see the jewel in the toad’s head. Champing his gilded oats,

Oscar Wilde on things that are not and that should be

 ‘Dragons will wander about the waste places, and the phoenix will soar from her nest of fire into the air. We shall lay our hands upon the Basilisk, and see the jewel in the toad’s head. Champing his gilded oats,

Roald Dahl on Magic

‘And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.’ Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl on Magic

‘And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.’ Roald Dahl

On why libraries should have a kind of magic

I have a terrible book addiction. I buy books far too often. Working in a bookshop really does not help. However, I will have to douse the habit if I am to read 1001 children’s books, or risk bankruptcy. So,

On why libraries should have a kind of magic

I have a terrible book addiction. I buy books far too often. Working in a bookshop really does not help. However, I will have to douse the habit if I am to read 1001 children’s books, or risk bankruptcy. So,