Book Review by Aarene Storms: The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman

When 12-year-old Nick runs away from his abusive Uncle Gabe and his mean cousin Jerry for the third time, he ends up on the doorstep of Evil Wizard Bookstore. The evil wizard Smallbone takes him in as an apprentice and teaches him to milk goats and cook eggs, but doesn't teach him any magic. Fortunately, the bookstore does!

Tricks, transformation, and magic. Recommended for readers who enjoy the quirky magic of the "Chrestomanci" books (Diana Wynne Jones), or the opinionated cat in Plain Kate (Erin Bow).

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS



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