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Tag and the Magic Squeaker
Tag and the Magic Squeaker
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Capstone Editions

Tag and the Magic Squeaker

by Sam Hundley
Illustrated by Sam Hundley

Tag the dog can do all kinds of things with his squeaker ball—chew it, toss it, and especially squeak it. Then one day the squeaker comes to life! Tag is delighted, but the resident cat is suspicious. Where the cat sees a mystery, Tag sees only magic. Which one is right? Tag and the Magic Squeaker, Sam Hundley’s heartwarming follow-up to Gifts of the Magpie (Capstone 2021), is a contest between optimism and cynicism. Hundley’s ability to make art out of scraps is the perfect medium for a book that celebrates finding joy in everyday life and discovering that the power of optimism is magical, indeed.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level5-8 Years
Reading LevelGrades K-5
SubjectHumor, Hobbies & Crafts
Trim Size10 x 8
Page Count32



Kirkus Reviews

"This underdog (undermouse?) story about a diminutive hero who gets his superiors to literally play ball with his schemes will resonate with young children, who must answer to the grown-ups in their lives. The three-dimensional scrap-art illustrations, rendered using “dug relics” (metal fragments) from the 1800s, capture the characters’ personalities and nuances of body language to a remarkable degree. The engaging backmatter includes facts and discussion prompts related to the metal art that may inspire children to create their own found-object sculptures. An entertaining trickster tale brought to life by intriguing artwork in an unusual medium." - Kirkus Reviews

January 15, 2022

Foreword Reviews - Danielle Ballantyne

"Inventive illustrations composed of photographs of found objects layered within simple backgrounds of shapes and patterns tell this story of a dog and a cat who are befuddled by a magic ball. When Tag’s ball starts rolling around by itself, he’s alarmed; when the ball shares a plan to get them both some dog treats, he’s delighted. The cat remains suspicious, but finds no other explanation; meanwhile, the “magical” mastermind escapes, quiet as a mouse." - Foreword Reviews

January 1, 2022