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Wizards Don't Need Computers

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The 18th book from the hugely popular early chapter book series to re-emerge with a new look! Brand-new eye-catching cover art brings a modern feel to this classic monster series for young readers. The Bailey School Kids need to do a report on England. Howie picks Camelot as his topic, which is how he knows the new assistant at the library, Mr. Merle, looks just like the a The 18th book from the hugely popular early chapter book series to re-emerge with a new look! Brand-new eye-catching cover art brings a modern feel to this classic monster series for young readers. The Bailey School Kids need to do a report on England. Howie picks Camelot as his topic, which is how he knows the new assistant at the library, Mr. Merle, looks just like the ancient wizard Merlin! The kids discover a crystal ball in Mr. Merle's office and learn that he has a huge goldfish named Arthur, just like the ancient king. Then Mr. Merle transforms the library into a medieval castle and starts mesmerizing kids with the magic of reading! Something strange is definitely going on. Could Mr. Merle really be a wizard?


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The 18th book from the hugely popular early chapter book series to re-emerge with a new look! Brand-new eye-catching cover art brings a modern feel to this classic monster series for young readers. The Bailey School Kids need to do a report on England. Howie picks Camelot as his topic, which is how he knows the new assistant at the library, Mr. Merle, looks just like the a The 18th book from the hugely popular early chapter book series to re-emerge with a new look! Brand-new eye-catching cover art brings a modern feel to this classic monster series for young readers. The Bailey School Kids need to do a report on England. Howie picks Camelot as his topic, which is how he knows the new assistant at the library, Mr. Merle, looks just like the ancient wizard Merlin! The kids discover a crystal ball in Mr. Merle's office and learn that he has a huge goldfish named Arthur, just like the ancient king. Then Mr. Merle transforms the library into a medieval castle and starts mesmerizing kids with the magic of reading! Something strange is definitely going on. Could Mr. Merle really be a wizard?

30 review for Wizards Don't Need Computers

  1. 4 out of 5

    paige turner ♡

    I have always had a thing for wizards and magic. When I was a kid I used to watch the Pagemaster, it was my all time favourite movie. This book reminds me a lot of the page master...except there's no Richard Tyler, and the Pagemaster went to Bailey City instead. The only thing I didn't like was how they wanted to stop Mr. Merle. Everyone was reading, and it was a good thing, but it didn't mean he was trying to take over the city. He was just getting kids to read, and if there's a rewa I have always had a thing for wizards and magic. When I was a kid I used to watch the Pagemaster, it was my all time favourite movie. This book reminds me a lot of the page master...except there's no Richard Tyler, and the Pagemaster went to Bailey City instead. The only thing I didn't like was how they wanted to stop Mr. Merle. Everyone was reading, and it was a good thing, but it didn't mean he was trying to take over the city. He was just getting kids to read, and if there's a reward involved then of course kids would want it. But I do believe in magic. I do believe that reading is magical. This is one character that I wish would have stayed in Bailey City.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    While doing research for their reports on England and Camelot, the Bailey School Kids find that there could be magic in the library air, and the librarian could actually be Merlin! Dadey delivers another charming adventure with this wondrous entry!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Maybe the new librarian is the wizard Merlin? And maybe his goldfish is King Arthur? This is cute in places, but I feel like the message is mixed. Mr. Merle's reading campaign is so successful that the kids stop playing outside, and the soccer camp is almost cancelled. LOL

  4. 5 out of 5

    Izlinda

    Yay for continuity! This is another book centered around the library, but now it's not about saving it, but the new librarian. There's a definite pattern with Howie thinking the adult is a fantastical/mystical creature while Eddie guffaws at him. I also like the importance on reading the book espouses, though, yes, too much of a good thing, even reading, is bad. (My parents have been trying for years to get me to read less fiction and more general knowledge/non-fiction/informative books/newspape Yay for continuity! This is another book centered around the library, but now it's not about saving it, but the new librarian. There's a definite pattern with Howie thinking the adult is a fantastical/mystical creature while Eddie guffaws at him. I also like the importance on reading the book espouses, though, yes, too much of a good thing, even reading, is bad. (My parents have been trying for years to get me to read less fiction and more general knowledge/non-fiction/informative books/newspapers/magazines...) Points for the Camelot references.

  5. 5 out of 5

    BookeryBliss

    The collection of "The adventures of the Bailey School Kids" stories are among my all-time favorite children's books. Witty, mischievous and fun, these short and silly books continue to bring giggles to the young and old. Just as I have enjoyed them as a kid, my own children also love them today. I even catch myself re-reading them (alone) from time to time. What can I say? I guess I'll always be a BSK kid at heart.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    The Bailey School Kids is a best-selling children's book series by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey. Its main characters are a group of four children (Eddie, Howie, Liza, Melody) who suspect some persons in the stories are popular folk lore or fairy tale characters. They are appealing because they mix a familiar story in with this group of kids. Mid-grammar school

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley-Anne

    it wasn`t as good as the others because I didn`t feel that it had any real resolution. rather than the wizard going away, which usually happens, he was offered a higher up position, where he could continue his work. I wonder if this is because the authors have a soft spot for librarians and didnt want to villify them it wasn`t as good as the others because I didn`t feel that it had any real resolution. rather than the wizard going away, which usually happens, he was offered a higher up position, where he could continue his work. I wonder if this is because the authors have a soft spot for librarians and didnt want to villify them

  8. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    When a new librarian comes to town and has a fish named Arthur and a friend, Mrs Queen, the Bailey School Kids become convinced that he is Merlin the magician. When the library's new summer reading program is the Kingdom of Reading they become even more certain.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Micaela Semien

    This was a weird one for me but I loved it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jerome

    Mr. Merle is the new school librarian. He looks like a wizard, his goldfish’s name is Arthur, and he owns a wand and a crystal ball. Interesting and well-paced.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    great when ur little

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    it was funny and it had a lot of good wizard words.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    Read these all in while I was in middle school and loved them, giving them a 3.5-4.0 for my past 12 year old self.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    they got a new library assistant. his name was mr. menie. they thought he was a wizard. he had a fish named arthur. he had a wand.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Twyla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. my favourite part was when everyone was reading because reading is fun! the worst part was when Merle left. I don't remember much, I should read it again. Auryn 12 years old, 2015

  16. 4 out of 5

    PWRL

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vasti

  19. 4 out of 5

    Inna

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mitch Weidman

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Smalley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Bailey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janhvi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rose

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sunny Lee

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tami Gaskins

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