Author: Natalie Tinti
Genre: Children’s Chapter Book
Rating: 4 stars
When a secret agent dog, Dogon, informed four best friends that Nina has a bad horrible scratch and she won’t be able to play her musical instruments, they must quickly come and make her feel better. While deciding what to do next, there’s a veritable blizzard of ideas put forth, and the girls have to sift through them all to come up with a plan of action. Together they create a magical world full of adventures where every obstacle can be overcome with mutual support and joint creativity.
Magic in Us is an inspiration for children to learn and grow into well-rounded individuals, to realize the power of friendship, to learn about the value of problem solving and discover hidden talents. It told by 10 years old Natalie Tinti. She is not only a multi-awarded talented writer, she is also an amazing artist!
Natalie Tinti is an enthusiast, intelligent ten year old who illustrates and writes chapter books, and who is more than a little admirable. In my career, I’ve read a lot of books, some of them written by teenagers, but most of them aren’t half as talented as Natalie Tinti is. Her illustrations are amazing, detailed, well-drawn, and each character has its own distinctive style.
Dogon the dog goes from house to house to inform Nina’s friends that their best friend needs them. The girls unite and make their way to Nina’s house. There’s clever, intelligent Meeka, hilarious Jonesy Jipsy, their new friend Kiki and Sokron. Meeka was my favorite of all the girls, I could relate to her because she was a bit of a brainiac like I was when I was younger.
The story is all right. I’d expected a little more imagination. The characters are definitely imaginative, but the story was pretty normal – one of their friends gets sick, and they go visit her and tell stories.
I loved the artwork in conjunction with the story. I’ll keep my eyes open for more books in this series, since this one was definitely enjoyable.