Little Genie: Make a Wish (series #1)
What You Need to Know:|
• A good choice for readers interested in magic and genies.
• The language is matter of fact and easy to follow but does not draw the reader in.
• Little detail or background information is offered, limiting the readers connection to the characters.
• Ali’s attempts to keep the genie a secret limit involvement from other characters.
Sweet Series Background:|
Little Genie is a simple, easy to read story that paves the way for a series of genie books. Make three wishes in the first, get more wishes in the second, and so on. The plot focuses on the wishes and Ali’s attempts to keep the genie a secret so the reader doesn’t learn much about who the characters are and what they are thinking. Secondary characters like her grandmother, her family and her best friend, Mary are only briefly introduced. The genie story line is somewhat unique, however, and the reader can easily follow the events that take place
Summer is almost over and nine year old, Allison Miller feels like nothing ever happens in her hometown. That afternoon, she goes on her weekly flea market shopping trip with her grandmother and comes home with an old, supposedly broken lava lamp. Before she knows it, a little cleaning of the lamp results in the appearance of a tiny girl in typical genie garb, right down to the “golden slippers with curled up toes.” As instructed by the genie, Ali snaps her fingers to help her grow to regular size and their adventure begins.
Ali learns that the genie has been in her bottle since 1964 when she was expelled from genie school. No wonder she says things like “groovy” and “out of sight.” As the eleventh person to own the lamp, Ali is able to release her and therefore get three wishes. She makes her first wish haphazardly, just to see if the genie is real. When she gets a “real” tiger she starts to believe. Ali doesn’t seem to put much thought into her next two wishes either. Hopefully she’ll make better choices the next time.
2004, 128 pages
Animals, Fantasy, Grandparents, Magic