*Magic Trixie and the Dragon — Recommended

The new Magic Trixie book is simply outstanding, the best yet!

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Magic Trixie and the Dragon
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First off, there’s an awful lot going on. I’m okay with having a minimum of plot so long as there are plenty of amazing Jill Thompson pictures to look at, but that’s certainly not the case here. Trixie’s grandmother Mimi takes her to the circus/carnival, where she falls in love with the dragons and wants one. Of course, she can’t have one, even though her sister’s boyfriend works with them as part of the Cryptozoological Institute. Plus, she’s learning to take care of her baby sister Abby Cadabra, while her kittie cat Scratches gets jealous of how much Trixie wants a new pet. All the storylines keep intertwining with each other in unexpected ways.

Then there’s the art. Trixie’s magical world allows for all kinds of astounding props and costumes and settings. Whether it’s Mimi’s over-the-top outfits or the circus experience (a series of wordless panels, because the images tell it all) or the Weirdtastic Wagon shop … there are plenty of pages where you’ll want to stop to take it in, or come back and just drink in the detail.

Background reactions often caught my eye, like Trixie’s sister’s spit-take when Trixie accidentally insults grandma. And I got tears in my eyes with Scratches packed a handkerchief with little squeaky toys and headed off, feeling unwanted and unloved.

Like the other books in the series, the tale is ultimately about “be careful what you wish for” — Trixie learns that her parents and grandparents really do know what they’re talking about when they tell her dragons don’t make good pets. It’s the getting there that’s so darn entertaining, as well as beautifully made. Highly recommended for children of all ages!


4 Responses to “*Magic Trixie and the Dragon — Recommended”

  1. Argo Plummer Says:

    I personally have never been a big Jill Thompson fan–something about her style just doesn’t click for me. And her writing is a little to saccharine for me. I have tried just about everything she has done and it’s all OK.

    However, I firmly believe the industry needs more creators like her and products like this. It may not be my cup of tea, but well done stories that can appeal to all ages in formats that exist beyond the 32 pg floppy are necessary for the future of the industry we all love so much. I hope Jill continues to produce stuff like this for years to come.

  2. ~chris Says:

    “Highly recommended for children of all ages!”

    …and for adults of all ages! (except Argo, I guess)

  3. Argo Plummer Says:

    Let me clarify–Jill Thompson is very talented and does her style of work very well. It is just not something I enjoy. That’s why I can wish her well and success even if I won’t be buying her work.

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