My third book read was Kate DiCamillo's latest, The Magician's Elephant, due out in September '09. This is actually on loan from Katie (Creative Literacy) who picked this ARC up a few weeks ago.
I heard Katie say at breakfast this morning that she thought that Kate DiCamillo writes in such a poetic way. That really describes this book well. The Magician's Elephant has a rhythm and a repetitiveness that just stays with you. I am so admiring of her word choices as well -- it appears to be written simply, yet the language is so beautiful!
In addition, for a happily ever after person like me, this book is full of hope, even in seemingly impossible situations. The story lifts you up, and makes you want to be a better person.
It appears that there will be many pictures throughout the text, but they weren't all finished for the ARC. I will look forward to the final version of The Magician's Elephant to see how the pictures move the story along. In that way, it reminds me a lot of The Miraculous Journeys of Edward Tulane.
This would be such a wonderful book to share with students!