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In a highly awaited new novel, Kate DiCamillo conjures a haunting fable about trusting the unexpected — and making the extraordinary come true.

What if? Why not? Could it be?

When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes — hope and belonging, desire and compassion — with the lightness of a magician’s touch.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published on March 8, 2011 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763652989
ISBN-13: 9780763652982
22 Book Reviews
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  • ktyda
    ktydaWednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:57 am11 star
    i did not like this book. it had a weird story line and it was so confusing!!! it was hard for me to read the words.
    • lperez2
      lperez2Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:02 am55 stars
      I like how Peter took effort to find his sister Adele.
      • kayleeWednesday, November 5, 2014 at 9:56 am
        can someone tell me if the elephant talks??? im so confused
        • ikyra_marie
          ikyra_marieWednesday, March 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm
          I love kate DiCamillos writing!
          • gap430
            gap430Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm
            Love this book. The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane is better though
            • bookwormemily10
              bookwormemily10Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm
              I agree Edward is my fave :)
            • acesreaders
              acesreadersWednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm55 starsFeatured
              If you love Kate Dicamillo well at least her books then I think that you would be happy with The Magicians Elephant.The Magicians Elephant is a great and interesting book.So let me tell you a little bit about it.There was a little boy and his name was Peter.Peter goes to a fortune teller to ask if he has a little sister.The fortune teller says that Peter does have a little sister the fortune teller tells Peter that his little sisters name is Adel.Next the fortune teller tells Peter that he has to go and find his little sister.So Peter is out on the hunt to find Adel.So thats why I suggest to read The Magicians Elephant.
              • gap430
                gap430Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm
                I love Kate Dicamillo!!
              • pop123
                pop123Friday, October 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm55 stars
                It is kinda dramatic, but I still ❤ it!
                • katyperry4
                  katyperry4Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm44 stars
                  i really liked this book one of my favs but the ended was loses like a bow on a present if its not tight its not right so that was disappointing but a really good book :)
                  • singingbird123
                    singingbird123Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm33 stars
                    This book was un-thrilling. It was not necessarily an "average" tale but there was no cliff hangers or action. Don't get me wrong, Kate DiCamillo is one of my favorite authors. She is extraordinary as an author but honestly this book kind of bored me.
                    • chicas345
                      chicas345Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm55 stars
                      this is a great book it is sad but most fairytales there is a happy ending