The Boy and the Spell

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The Boy and the Spell

By Maurice Ravel; Colette; Serena Riglietti (Illustrator)

Pumpkin House Press, Hardcover, 9780964601048, 36pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2007


In this enchanting story based on the famous opera L’Enfant et les Sortileges (The Child and the Spell), stunning illustrations and playful language will captivate young children while also introducing them to classical music. When Thomas’ math problems give him trouble, he lets out a wild tantrum, ripping apart his favorite book, knocking over his clock, and overturning his tea and cake. But when he plops down into his favorite armchair, the chair decides it has had enough of the boy’s bad behavior. It blows Thomas into a strange place in time where Thomas comes face-to-face with the very objects he just broke.

About the Author
Maurice Ravel was one of the most original and sophisticated composers of the early 20th century. He wrote several operas, including "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" ("The Child and the Spell"), as well as ballets, and orchestral and chamber music. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette collaborated with Ravel on "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" and wrote the libretto for it. Pegi Deitz Shea is the award-winning author of "The Carpet Boy's Gift," "Liberty Rising," "Patience Wright," "Tangled Threads," "Ten Mice for Tet," and "The Whispering Cloth," She lives in Rockville, Connecticut. Serena Riglietti has illustrated more than 50 children's books, including the Italian editions of the Harry Potter series.

Serena Riglietti has illustrated many books for children worldwide, including the Italian editions of the Harry Potter series. She lives with her family in Italy. For more information visit her Web site at

Praise For The Boy and the Spell

"Matching the art’s sophistication with pinches of wit and rhyme, Shea tells the tale quickly but smoothly."  Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully written and illustrated for young children, the story is timeless and universal."  School Arts Magazine