Parents' Guide to

Jane and the Magician

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Jane, the dragon-riding knight, saves the magic.

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For her insistence on justice alone, kids will relate to Jane as a hero. In the second book of the series, Martin Baynton takes Jane on another knightly adventure, using the same delicate-yet-strong colored-pencil drawings to illustrate the high-minded, tough-spirited energy of this brave girl-knight who is ready to take on the world and its problems. Fun though it may be, this story has an uneven tone and is confusing at times. For example, at one point Baynton uses clever alliteration that sounds like a nursery rhyme ("babies in buckets and pigs in pots"), supposedly showing that the magician has gone mad with his rain-making powers. And why the dragon falls from the sky also takes some explaining. Maybe these parts would make more sense animated in the TV show.

On the other hand, when the magician realizes what he's done and apologizes, Jane's message is very clear: Just saying you're sorry isn't enough. You must also make things right again. In Jane's adventures, everyone learns something, and ultimately a just and happy order is restored.

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