Gumluck the wizard is a people-pleaser who dreams of being crowned town hero at the Harvest Dance. It's an honor bestowed upon whoever is most helpful to the town, which humble Gumluck certainly is—he does his absolute best to fulfill the wishes of the townspeople, even if they aren't always pleased with the results. A thankless task, if you ask his sassy friend Helvetica. For a crow—excuse me, raven—she has a lot of strong opinions. One of them is that Gumluck, as naive and bumbling as he is, is wondrously selfless, with a good heart. You won't find a funnier, charming, more optimistic story to share with your favorite budding reader this holiday. — From Emmy's Picks
FIVE STARRED REVIEWS!
"Adorable."—Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Readers will fall in love with [Gumluck]."—School Library Journal, starred review
"Silly and heartfelt."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[A] spellbinding read."—Booklist, starred review
"Here's a tale to treasure."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Meet Gumluck the Wizard, the star of a new chapter book series by the inimitable Adam Rex!
This is a story about magic, if you like that kind of thing. It is also a story about a ghost with amnesia, an unpopular fairy, an ungrateful little town, and an extremely wise and helpful raven (who happens to be a pretty talented storyteller). But mostly, it is about a friendly little wizard who lives inside a big hill and really, really, really wants to be a hero. His name is Gumluck, and he is a bumbling noodlehead.
In this tall tale about a short wizard, celebrated author Adam Rex proves once and for all that the biggest heroes often come in the smallest nightgowns.
- Fans of Adam Rex
- Parents and grandparents seeking funny children's book series
- Teachers and librarians looking for engaging children's fantasy and magic books
- Anyone looking for fantasy chapter books
- Readers who enjoy Chris Colfer's A Tale of Magic, the Unicorn Academy series, and Magic Tree House books
About the Author
Adam Rex is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books and novels, including The True Meaning of Smekday and the New York Times bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. He has also illustrated the work of many other authors, including Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Jeff Kinney, Kate DiCamillo, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Paul Feig, and Neil Gaiman. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. See more about him at www.adamrex.com.
“Rex can always be counted on for a laugh, and there are many to be found in this early chapter book, namely in the distinct characterizations and Helvetica’s snarky asides. Amid the fairy-tale action, Rex embeds heartfelt messaging about friendship, kindness, and gratitude that never gets sappy, and his pencil illustrations inject even more magic into this spellbinding read." — Booklist, starred review
“This whimsical story with an adorable protagonist and a strong message is a wonderful addition to the genre.” — Shelf Awareness, starred review
“This breezy chapter book hits the sweet spot in building literacy skills for kids new to solo reading, providing nicely contained episodic stories within an overarching narrative that is as goofy as it is heartwarming.”- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Gumluck is wise but guileless, clumsy but powerful, tender-hearted but superbly courageous. Readers will fall in love with him.” — School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Rejoice, noodlehead fans! Here’s a tale to treasure” — Kirkus, starred review
“Rex deftly wraps big themes—friendship, honesty, justice, self-awareness—into an absurdly silly and heartfelt series launch chronicling a wee wizard’s quest to become a helpful hero.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review