Se senti nascere in te la vocazione della strega devi stare molto attenta a non inorgoglirti e a non usare le tue doti per dispetto, come invece fa Guendalina, destinata a diventare una strega di prim'ordine e questo le ha dato un po' alla testa. Il potentissimo incantatore Chrestomanci, che l'ha invitata con il fratello Micio nel suo castello principesco per farli partecipare a un regolare corso di magia, la osserva dubbioso e tace. Se invece credi di non avere doti particolari, sappi che la magia può nascere in te silenziosamente, e scoppiare improvvisa solo quando è di vitale necessità. Chrestomanci sa che i veri maghi sono così, e questo non riserba per lui alcuna sorpresa. Ma noi sì che resteremo sorpresi dalla fine di questo libro da cui impareremo le profonde leggi della magia tra trucchi allegri, sdoppiamenti e tempestosi mondi paralleli.
- ISBN: 8884519454
- Casa Editrice: Salani
- Pagine: 208
- Data di uscita: 30-04-2008
I've just finished reading this to my daughter Celyn (11, too disabled to read for herself). It's a fun story of Cat and his witchy sister Gwendolin living in a world that's almost ours but where witches and wizards exist and are well-known. Like an enormous wedge of literature it's one of those adve Leggi tutto
Sibling rivalry can feel like life or death when you are a kid. I mean, probably. I have an older brother* but I think the roughest thing that ever went down between us was maybe at ages 4 and 6 when he kept all the toys at one end of the bathtub. We've never had a physical fight. I don't see one in Leggi tutto
this is a winning intro to what looks to be an enjoyable children's fantasy series. the young Chant siblings exist in a world with magic, one of many such worlds - or, rather, dimensions. after a tragic accident that leaves them orphans, older sister and talented witch Gwendolen takes to learning ma Leggi tutto
A solid classic. The beginning of every Diana Wynn Jones book I’ve read so far has always been so great, grounded in daily magical life, and this one shines most at the start. She makes getting to know the little routines of the characters in their towns into a riveting read. I see the Harry Potter p Leggi tutto
My kids got super into this, trying to figure out why Gwendolen was so horrible and why Cat put up with it. Reading it aloud made me realize how deceptively simple it is, which sometimes made it seem like there was a lot of padding for such a small book, but it all came into play later. Which was ha Leggi tutto
What a perfect book for my mood. Thank you, Fiona! And a terrific introduction to a new (for me) series. Diana Wynne Jones was a talented writer, and I so enjoyed wandering through the pages of this book. Don't let the YA throw you off. If you like Harry Potter, I think you would like this also. Not Leggi tutto
It may seem odd that I can give 4 stars to a book that I the label under "favourites", but my reasoning is this: The book is not perfect, nor is it quite close. However, since the first time I read it over a decade ago, and in the many times since, it has never failed to pull me into its world and a Leggi tutto
On the evolution chart of middle-grade fantasy stories, Jones' Chrestomanci appears somewhere between E. Nesbitt and Harry Potter - closer to the latter than the former, both chronologically and artistically. In fact, one sees in Charmed Life many of the original ingredients Rowling snapped up for P Leggi tutto
I love this book! I've already reread it several times, and it seems to get better every time I revisit it. The same goes for the rest of the Chrestomanci series, and indeed for all the books by the late, great Diana Wynne Jones I've read. This book, published in 1977, was the beginning of the craze Leggi tutto
Gwendolen was just as horrid as I remembered, but oddly I somehwat disliked Cat this time around - though nothing's exactly his fault, he is so terribly attached to his sister... who is horrid to him! I agree completely with Janet that it's infuriating Chrestomanci and the Family said nothing about
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