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The Trouble with Magic 4 editions

Cover of: The Trouble with Magic | Ruth Chew
About the Book

He's short and tubby. He wears a funny hat and carries a magic umbrella. He pals around with a sea serpent named George. He can make the most wonderful magic—sometimes. When the wizard sets up housekeeping in their attic, Barbara and her brother Rick discover that magic can also be a very tricky thing.

Ruth Chew has a special talent for blending magical events with realistic settings and characters. Her numerous books about slightly offbeat witches have earned her a large and loyal following. Like most Ruth Chew fantasies, this story takes place in Brooklyn, New York, in the neighborhood where the author herself lives.


When the sandwiches were all gone and the last drop of lemonade drunk, they put their litter in a trash basket. Then they went to the lake. Barbara saw a flock of mallard ducks swimming toward the shore. She stood on the stone wall at the edge of the lake. “Look at that funny duck!”
One of the ducks had a much longer neck than the others. It was a different color too. Instead of being brown or having a dark green head, this duck was a pale silvery green all over.
Rick stared at it. “Maybe it’s a goose.” Harrison Peabody turned to look at the strange duck.
Page 59, added by Mark T.A. Rowsey.

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4 editions First published in 1976

Edition Read Locate Buy
Cover of: The Trouble with Magic
The Trouble with Magic
August 1989, Scholastic
in English
Cover of: The Trouble With Magic
The Trouble With Magic
August 1989, Lucky Star
Cover of: The Trouble with Magic
The Trouble with Magic
June 1987, Peter Smith Pub
Library Binding
Cover of: The trouble with magic
The trouble with magic
1976, Dodd, Mead
in English


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July 22, 2017 Edited by Mek adding subject: In library
March 22, 2013 Edited by Mark T.A. Rowsey added a simple excerpt
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March 22, 2013 Edited by Mark T.A. Rowsey Added new cover
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