When poor orphan boy Oliver becomes a sorcerer's apprentice, he enters an incredible new world. He learns wonderful magic spells, the secrets of nature, and how to make healing potions and oils from his kindly new master.
One day the sorcerer goes on a journey. Bored with his endless chores, Oliver enchants some brooms to do the work for him. But when the spell gets out of control, how can Oliver stop the magic?
This classic tale about the importance of hard work was the inspiration for Disney's Fantasia, and is presented here in a beautifully illustrated edition from renowned artist Gerda Muller, creator of USBBY-honored A Year in Our New Garden .
By Gerda Muller
'A handsomely illustrated retelling of the classic cautionary tale, brooms and all. Muller fleshes out Goethe's sketchy ballad so that it follows the familiar course of Mickey Mouse's adventure in Disney's Fantasia but with a named and all-human cast... Dress and details in these finely detailed illustrations set the tale in a small, tidy, seemingly all-White Renaissance-era European village... A skeleton coat rack is just one of several humorous visual touches, and a climactic elevated view of villagers sloshing and playing in the muddy street has a festive Bruegel-esque air... Art that repays second looks.' — Kirkus Reviews
'Unpredictable, stimulating and ultimately confidence-inducing ... Gerda Muller draws each activity and animal with great detail and attention.' — The New York Times on A Year Around the Great Oak