Author: Natalie Tinti
Genre: Children’s Chapter Book
When a secret agent dog, Dogon, informed four best friends that Nina has a bad horrible scratch and she won’t be able to play her musical instruments, they must quickly come and make her feel better. While deciding what to do next, there’s a veritable blizzard of ideas put forth, and the girls have to sift through them all to come up with a plan of action. Together they create a magical world full of adventures where every obstacle can be overcome with mutual support and joint creativity.
Magic in Us is an inspiration for children to learn and grow into well-rounded individuals, to realize the power of friendship, to learn about the value of problem solving and discover hidden talents. It told by 10 years old Natalie Tinti. She is not only a multi-awarded talented writer, she is also an amazing artist!
This book is illustrated and written by Natalie Tinti, who is now barely thirteen years old. She does a great job telling us a comprehensive story with interesting, unique characters with active imaginations. Her characters have some strange names which may be difficult to pronounce or remember for smaller kids, which was one of my major pet peeves while reading. We have Sokron, Jonsy Jipsy, Nina and Meeka and Kiki. The names are unique, and some of them, like Kiki, are easy to remember, but others are more difficult.
Nina gets hurt and wants her friends to comfort her. A secret agent dog goes out to get the other girls and they spend a fun afternoon together. They start telling each other stories and having a blast.
I liked the story and illustrations. The girls look different enough to keep them apart, even in the illustrations. The sotyr has a cool message as well, namely to stay by your friends and comfort them when they need you the most.