Magic in the Park by Ruth Chew

Magic in the Park

"I don't think we're on the island any longer," Jennifer said slowly. "I think we're UNDER it."All around was a strange green glow. Mike stared hard at the trees growing upside down. "You're right, Jen," he said. "They're not branches at all. They're ROOTS. We must be under the ground!"There is magic in the park!

Details Magic in the Park

TitleMagic in the Park
Release DateAug 1st, 1986
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Magic

Reviews Magic in the Park

  • MK
    So cute!
  • Michael
    Uncritical kids bond over strange happenings (tress move, the earth opens and cages them in frozen grass, a 'bird man' speaks of the park as if he's been there for centuries) in their park (in Brooklyn, I think it's Prospect Park). During their investigations, they get turned into birds, etc...My 4 year-old brought this home from the factory he works in. It's a 30-year old soft-back, and I don't know who gave it to him, but it's a great read. Rea...
  • Amy
    Ruth Chew's Secret Tree House was one of my childhood favorites, so when I saw a section of Ruth Chew books at one of my local library branches, I knew I had to get this for bedtime reading. I found it to be quite entertaining even as an adult. The book was written in the 1970s, and, sadly, the scenario in the book could never work in a modern book. 2 kids in New York spend time playing in the park (without their parents) and befriend a strange m...
  • Veronica The Demigod
    OMG I just started reading this book a while ago and I just finished in a day! It is a short book but it was good I think that anyone who likes magic and mysteries is sure to like this book just like I did!!
  • Rebecca
    Ruth Chew wrote a whole bunch of these books. They're not a series with recurring characters or a serial with a through-line, but they're all about kids mostly living in Brooklyn in the 60's who have magical adventures. She also did the illustrations. The books are absolutely charming and so imaginative. They really make you want to go to Prospect Park!!
  • Siskiyou-Suzy
    Magic in the Park is an odd bird. I've read Ruth Chew before -- I seem to be drawn to her covers (vintage fantastical children's books!), but I'm never much impressed with the books. A child may enjoy this, but I don't think it holds up as an adult reader. The magic is strange and unexplained and inconsistent, the meant-to-be-meaningful moments are dull and the plot is barely there.
  • Stefanie
    Two kids find a magical tree in a park. I enjoyed the appearance of the Green Man.
  • Madame Jane
    A fun Brooklyn adventure.
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jennifer wishes her family hadn't moved from Carbondale to Brooklyn, because she misses her friends and being able to play outside. When she ventures forth from her apartment on Ocean Parkway to Prospect Park, she sees a man feeding a lot of birds and an unusual tree. When she goes back, she doesn't see the tree, but she meets Mike, who manages to fall into a nearby pond. She helps him, and the two become friends. Mike has also noticed that the t...
  • Becky
    Magic in the Park is a quick fantasy read. Jennifer, our heroine, has just moved to Brooklyn. At first, she is so focused on what she's missing, that she is more than a little bitter. However, after discovering nearby Prospect Park and meeting a new friend, a prone-to-falling-in-the-lake lad named Mike, she embraces her new life. It isn't just that Mike is great fun all on his own. It is, in part, that these two discover things together and keep ...
  • Susan Dunn
    I LOVED the Ruth Chew books when I was younger! I read them all over and over again - and probably still have my original paperback copies. So I was happy to hear that Random House is reissuing them after all these years. In this title, Jennifer isn't happy about her family's move to the city. Everything is too busy and crowded, and there's no grass. Luckily however, there is a big park a few blocks from her new apartment. Jennifer walks down to ...
  • Paula
    For many reasons, fourth-grader Jennifer hates her new home in Brooklyn. That is until she explores Prospect Park and meets an old gentleman with an affinity for animals, especially birds. She also discovers a magical tree that seems to move around the park and has an inviting hole that beckons and excites her. With her newfound friend, Mike, also a fourth grader, they begin investigating and become participants in the magic of the park, the tree...
  • Shawn Thrasher
    Lovers of witches, magic and urban fantasy will enjoy this book. I loved The Witch's Buttons as a kid, and this had a similar type of plot: two kids get into trouble with magic; it's scary (but not really) - which is how the Chew-ian universe operates. Everything is scary (but not really). 45 years old, fourth grade girls could go the park in city new to them all by themselves; I'm not sure that would still happen - other than that, I think the b...
  • Tricia
    I think I enjoyed this book much more as a kid than I have rereading it now. Throughout the book the two main characters are thrown into situations over which they have no control, and which would be overwhelming if some random thing didn't happen to save them. This is not a friendly, happy magic.The dedication to the book is to someone "who is afraid of the park", and quite honestly reading this I can understand why! Too often these children got...
  • HeavyReader
    Yet another book by Ruth Chew about magic and kids with very little parental supervision. Where were the parents of these kids?This one, I think, takes place over summer vacation, or maybe just a week off school, when the kids are free but the parents have to work. I believe a lot of the action takes place at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. (I may be wrong about that, but if not, do parents let their kids run around Brooklyn unsupervised? Maybe my par...
  • Susann
    "I hate Brooklyn! Why did we have to move here?"With an opening like that and with almost the entire story taking place in Prospect Park, I thought this would be a sure winner for me, but meh. I enjoyed seeing the Park circa 1972, and loved the mother's nonchalant reaction when Jennifer comes home and announces that she met "a funny old man" who gave her a nut.But the magical events and the secret of the funny old man seemed a little ho-hum and f...
  • Elfeeza Ul Haq
    It's the most boring book I've read. The characters and magic were flat. The story moved so slowly that I fell asleep a few times while I read the book. The writer was not able to grab my attention at all. Majority of the time I had no idea what the point of the story was. There was a lot of telling as opposed to showing what happened. The book was just painful to read. 1 star. Not recommending this to my students.
  • Carrie
    I loved, loved, loved these books when I was in 1st-2nd grade. I remember checking out every one, several times, from the school library --before there was any hoopla about witches and children (and I went to a Catholic school!) I loved them so much that I was devastated when I found they were out of print, so I tracked down as many used copies as I could about 4 years ago.
  • Emily Vander Ark
    I absolutely adored the Ruth Chew books that I had when I was little. Magic in the Park and the Hidden Cave were such fantastic stories that brought magic into the real world for me, and they were short enough that I could read them both in one night, which I did many, many times. =)
  • Crystal Allen
    Ruth Chew was one of my favorite authors during my childhood. I have fond memories of reading her Witch books. They fostered my love for children's literature.
  • Joanne Allen
    This was a childhood favorite.
  • Vicky
    Cute children's story. Many things happen in very few pages!
  • Jennifer
    A charming little story.
  • Jennifer
    One of my favorite books as a young child in grade school. :-)
  • Patrick
    Old Children's Book. Liked it as a kid, but haven't read it in years.