Possum Magic by Mem Fox

Possum Magic“Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush, there lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made bush magic…” So begins this tale of a regular little possum, Hush, who gets her tail squished sometimes by other animals, loves to slide down the backs of unsuspecting kangaroos and, oh, is invisible thanks to Grandma Poss’s magic. But Hush longs to see herself again, the dangers of the bush be darned. When Grandma Poss can’t remember the spell that turned Hush invisible, she pretends it’s ok but really, all she wants is to see herself. Finally, Grandma Poss remembers what will turn Hush visible again: it’s food! And not just possum food, but regular human food. The trouble is, Grandma Poss can’t remember exactly which food it is that will reverse the magic, so the possums set out to find it. They travel the Australian continent eating everything from Anzac biscuits to vegemite to minties (yes, you will learn some new foods and some Oz geography as well) in search of the magic combination of human delicacies that may make Hush visible again.

The illustrations in Possum Magic are vivid and a necessary part of the tale. Don’t worry—Australian possums are MUCH cuter than their American cousins and this shows in the pictures. It is a wonderful way to introduce young readers to the other side of the world, and the best part is, they won’t even know they don’t know what a lamington plate is. They will just fall in love with little Hush and her magical Grandma Poss.

We also have this on DVD, and it is read by Fox herself. It’s on the Knuffle Bunny DVD. Possum Magic remains the best-selling and best-known picture book in all of Australia and it’s definitely not to be missed here at PRPL.

Posted by: Cindy


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    mabdo said,

    Great book, nice review.

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