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The Magic Misfits, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fast-paced, fun adventure about kid magician finding home.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Gay parents

My 10 yo liked this series a lot. Although I wish I would have known about the insertion of homosexuality into it. One of the kids has 2 dads. Kids sneak out and fight bad guys. At the end of the series, the truth is revealed. The books teach kids magic tricks which is cool.
age 3+

Great book about magic, diversity and inclusion

The storyline was great and kept both kids and parents interested. We listened to the entire series while on a road trip. My 3 and 6 year old were very intrigued with the story. We actually went through the series twice in a row and my oldest insisted on buying the series for her friends.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Actor and author Neil Patrick Harris knows a thing or two about keeping an audience engaged, and he's as successful with his children's book debut as he is on screen and stage. The Magic Misfits has an old-timey charm about it, with a magic shop at its heart and a cartoonishly criminal carnival gang. Harris keeps the story moving at a quick clip and with enough charming razzle-dazzle that readers may not mind that the characters lack much depth.

Some of his tricks echo the voices of Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch, but the wide-eyed enthusiasm is all Harris. Strong themes on courage, unconventional families, and finding strength and hope in friendship -- along with some short, clear magic lessons -- earn a strong round of applause.

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