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Reviews by Fred Brockman

David and the Phoenix

by Edward Ormondroyd

I read this book in the 3rd grade and loved it. It has stayed in the recesses of my mind for more than 50 years. Tonight I googled it and am here. Always wanted to find more books that explored the world of fantasy creatures. Suppose Frank Baum\'s other Oz books might have fit into this, e.g., Tick-Tock (Tic-Toc?), but never was around an extended library of them. Suspect the Harry Potter books & movies resurrected this largely dormant interest. After recently visiting Universal\'s The Wizarding World of HP in Orlando spent time wondering why some old geezer would buy a wand and still enjoy it a month later. JK Rowling\'s books grew in a field that at least for me was originally tilled by Edward Ormondroyd. A heartfelt thank you to him for adding a little more texture and nuance to my life.

Reviewed on 2012.11.01

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