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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
My Magic Ball by Anna Svetchnikov, illustrated by Silvia Brunetti, is a delightful children's story about getting a handle on procrastination. Meet Logan, a little boy who tends to put things off until later. Maybe you know a child like this, were a child like this, or know a big kid at heart who is like this. No matter the age, readers can learn from Logan and his raccoon friend, Fluffy. Like most boys, Logan likes to have fun and go on adventures, and he's a good storyteller too. So good that most don't believe him, except for Fluffy, who knows that they're true. One day when Logan and Fluffy are playing outside, they discover a magical ball glowing inside a tree, that only a few special people can see. This magic ball helps people battle their inner monsters, and Logan's just happens to be procrastination.
The ball lights up with letters written across it that children can learn and use therapeutically, and getting these ideas across in a book with charming, cute characters can be more effective than just sitting children down and talking to them. Besides the magic ball, there is an old wizard that talks to the characters about learning to control emotions and actions, fixing mistakes, and adapting to change. Poor choices, actions, and impulses come to Logan in the symbolic form of a gnome, turn gigantic, and he has to deal with them. But is Logan successful in conquering the monster of Procrastination? You'll have to read the book to find out. These sound like adult themes, but this author cleverly weaves them into an entertaining story with lively illustrations. Children can read this story on their own, but adults will get a lot out of it too, and an ideal situation would be if an adult reads it along with a child. Children will take away a lot from this cute, helpful little book, and so will parents. There are even helpful tips at the end for discussion. My Magic Ball by Anna Svetchnikov is a valuable addition to any child, parent, teacher, or helping professional's library.