Meet Gumluck the Wizard, the star of a new chapter book series by the inimitable Adam Rex!
This is a story about magic, if you like that kind of thing. It is also a story about a ghost with amnesia, an unpopular fairy, an ungrateful little town, and an extremely wise and helpful raven (who happens to be a pretty talented storyteller). But mostly, it is about a friendly little wizard who lives inside a big hill and really, really, really wants to be a hero. His name is Gumluck, and he is a bumbling noodlehead.
In this tall tale about a short wizard, celebrated author Adam Rex proves once and for all that the biggest heroes often come in the smallest nightgowns.
THE DELIGHTFUL ADAM REX: Adam Rex's first chapter book series is a zany caper, with heart and humor across every page.
A NEW CHAPTER BOOK CLASSIC: With simple sentences and glorious black-and-white illustrations, this series hearkens back to classic chapter books and is perfect for newly independent readers.
FANTASTICAL FUN: With a lighthearted mix of fantasy and fairytale elements, this imaginative book is perfect for young fans of wizardry and magic.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Acclaimed children's book creator Adam Rex is known for his funny and smart stories. The winner of countless state list awards, Rex is the author of beloved books including On Account of The Gum, Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, School's First Day of School, and many more.
Perfect for:Fans of Adam RexParents and grandparents seeking funny children's book seriesTeachers and librarians looking for engaging children's fantasy and magic booksAnyone looking for fantasy chapter booksReaders who enjoy Chris Colfer's A Tale of Magic, the Unicorn Academy series, and Magic Tree House books
Rex (A Little Like Waking) deftly wraps big themes—friendship, honesty, justice, self-awareness—into an absurdly silly and heartfelt series launch chronicling a wee wizard's quest to become a helpful hero. Cheerful-to-a-fault Gumluck the wizard is ambling through his weekly routine of using magic to clean his house for visitors when he meets a raven named Helvetica—the tale's wise, sarcastic narrator, who frequently addresses readers directly ("Maybe you didn't know you were reading a story told by a raven. If you do not like it, you can leave"). Helvetica observes, via humorous and insightful commentary, as Gumluck does the bidding of rude, ungrateful characters; becomes haunted by a ghost in his hair; and is the subject of the townspeople's ridicule, all in his pursuit of being crowned the Harvest Hero in this year's annual festival. But some tough love from Helvetica and a revelatory nighttime visit from the Truth Fairy spark reflection for Gumluck. Pencil-like b&w illustrations capture the novel's most poignant moments with an animated vibe, depicting Gumluck as a short, roundish figure with wispy black hair whose skin tone reflects the white of the page, in a goofily magical kingdom with a bustling fantastical population. Ages 6–9.