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RoseRed81
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(9/19/07 2:41 pm)


Magic books?
My friend was asking me if I knew of any tales that involved magical books - not spellbooks per se, but books with magical properties, enchanted books...offhand, I don't know any. Can anyone help us out?

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MaryCatelli
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(9/19/07 5:18 pm)


Re: Magic books?
If by "not spellbooks" you mean "not only spellbooks" -- well, Master and Pupil has a spell book.

RoseRed81
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(9/19/07 7:31 pm)


Re: Magic books?
Thanks, but I did mean not spellbooks. :) Though I'll certainly take tales about spellbooks, now that I've got one.

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MaryCatelli
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(9/19/07 8:21 pm)


Re: Magic books?
:D

I note that "Master and Pupil" is a common type of tale, but I haven't run across any other variants that have a book. Usually the master teaches, and in Maestro Lattantio and His Apprentice Dionigi, the boy spies -- but no books.

Rosemary Lake
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(9/20/07 1:49 am)


Re: Magic books?
What about a magic book that takes you into its stories? I've been thinking that's almost a cliche, but now I can't recall any examples.

In Eager's KNIGHT'S CASTLE they kept getting into Ivanhoe, but I'm not sure it was through the book; wasn't it through a toy castle?

kristiw
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(9/20/07 6:28 am)


Re: magic books
There's "The Book of Beasts," by E. Nesbit (I think), in The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales. And isn't there a magic book in Ella Enchanted that shows her where she is and is generally helpful? Oh, and in Charles de Lint's Jack the Giant-Killer the little hob has a book in which you can write questions and answers appear.
Of course none of these are traditional, but the traditional tales tend to be either based on oral narratives or written so as to appear so-- the literary element would take away from that. It's an interesting idea, books as fairy godmothers, something I imagine more contemporary writers find appealing.

vlronn
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(9/20/07 6:49 am)


magic book
Two children's books with magic books in them are The Neverending Story and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Veronica Schanoes
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(10/4/07 8:07 pm)


magic book
Edward Eager's Seven-Day Magic involves a magic library book.

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