Book of Enchantments

Book of Enchantments

by Patricia C. Wrede

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This witty and charming collection of ten short fantasies includes a story, set in the Enchanted Forest, about Queen Cimorene's Frying Pan of Doom; a zany yarn about a magical blue chipmunk with a passion for chestnuts; and an eerie tale of a caliph who turns his vizier's daughter into a wolf.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152055080
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/01/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 451,181
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

PATRICIA C. WREDE has written many novels, including Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot and The Grand Tour coauthored with Caroline Stevermer, as well as the four books in her own series, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Rikiki and the Wizard
The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn
Roses by Moonlight
The Sixty-two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd
The Sword-Seller
The Lorelei
Stronger Than Time
Cruel Sisters
Utensile Strength
Quick After-Battle Triple Chocolate Cake
Notes from the Author 227

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A well-crafted anthology with several selections suited for reading aloud."—Booklist

"High entertainment . . . amusing and witty."—The ALAN Review

"Varied and satisfying."—Kirkus Reviews

"A road map to enchantment . . . clever and inventive."—The Bulletin

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Book of Enchantments 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Mialro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I am not familiar with Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles, I enjoyed this anthology of short fantasy stories. Only a couple of stories had ties to the Enchanted forest. Some were dark in tone, and some were light and written in that carefree bouncy style of many more modern fairytales (think E. Nesbit, but not turn-of-the-century). Some of the stories felt like they were part of a longer novel and should have been turned into one instead of leaving the reader with so many answers. It was often hard to tell the ages of the characters. One story had high school characters, but they seemed to act and be much younger. All of the characters seemed to exhibit the same (often) insouciant agelessness. All in all, I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Collection of fantasy short stories by Wrede:Rikiki and the WizardA sweet story about a greedy wizard and his kind and beautiful daughter.The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn (Enchanted Forest)The middle princess from a kingdom where nothing is quite as it "should" be goes out to seek her fortune. The palace cat goes with her and they meet a haughty unicorn. Cute and funny.Roses by MoonlightAn older sister meets an unusual woman and takes a walk through a unique garden. This story is different in that not a whole lot actually happens, and yet at the end, it still feels as though it did. I love this story. The Sixty-two Curses of Caliph ArenschaddAn Arabian Nights type story with a wizard-monarch who curses everyone who makes him angry. Funny.EarthwitchThis is a dark, sad story of love and war. I never feel like I've quite understood it, but it's moving nonetheless.The Sword-SellerClassic good-vs-evil high fantasy, with a few twists. Dark and dramatic.The LoreleiSome students on a school trip to Germany make an unexpected stop at the Lorelei cliffs. A great story and I love the main character.Stronger Than TimeSleeping Beauty gone awry. The end is unexpected.Cruel SistersA beautiful and sharp retelling of an old ballad.Utensile Strength (Enchanted Forest)Queen Cimorene and King Mendanbar must find the wielder for a powerful enchanted weapon. Absolutely hilarious. Recipe included.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These stories are funny and clever, deep and thoughtful, and often romantic. There is a retelling of sleeping beauty, and retelling of the story of the harp of bones, but also telling of tales that aren't retellings exactly, but show a strong understanding of traditional tales. Like all of Wrede's work, they are worth reading.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some great short stories in here, including my favorite epic weapon ever, The Frying Pan of Doom. I've never tried the recipe, but it sounds yummy.
KitNY More than 1 year ago
Read the first four in the set and them read this book. They are geared to kids, but I loved them and passed them on to my kids (age 29 and 31). They loved them too. They are just for fun and if you need an in between book, pick these up.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Every story was well-written and entertaining, and the feeling they gave ranged from heartbreaking despair ('Stronger Than Time') to slapstick humor ('Utensile Strength'). It was all good if you like fantasy, there's something here to fit any mood you might be in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I truly enjoy this book, I would not recommend it to someone who has not read any Patricia C. Wrede before, or to someone who has only read her Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Although it contains two light stories set in the Enchanted Forest and a few other lighter fantasy stories, the darker and melancholy works seem to linger longer. The stories are well-written, smooth, and in some cases surreal. This book is a must for the whole Patricia C. Wrede fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
while others are heartbreakingly sad. I really enjoyed this book, the stories were all well writen. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was not the best book in thee world it gave me nothing but fanisty and boring storys some were ok but it was a disappointment I would recommened this to someone who is in love with enchantments.