The Story of Gumluck the Wizard: Book One

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2023
A 2023 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book


"Adorable."--Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Readers will fall in love with [Gumluck]."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Silly and heartfelt."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[A] spellbinding read."--Booklist, starred review
"Here's a tale to treasure."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Meet Gumluck the Wizard, the star of a new chapter book series by the inimitable Adam Rex!

This is a story about magic, if you like that kind of thing. It is also a story about a ghost with amnesia, an unpopular fairy, an ungrateful little town, and an extremely wise and helpful raven (who happens to be a pretty talented storyteller). But mostly, it is about a friendly little wizard who lives inside a big hill and really, really, really wants to be a hero. His name is Gumluck, and he is a bumbling noodlehead.

In this tall tale about a short wizard, celebrated author Adam Rex proves once and for all that the biggest heroes often come in the smallest nightgowns.

Perfect for:
  • Fans of Adam Rex
  • Parents and grandparents seeking funny children's book series
  • Teachers and librarians looking for engaging children's fantasy and magic books
  • Anyone looking for fantasy chapter books
  • Readers who enjoy Chris Colfer's A Tale of Magic, the Unicorn Academy series, and Magic Tree House books

Author: Adam Rex
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Published: 08/15/2023
Series: Gumluck the Wizard
Pages: 140
Weight: 0.6lbs
Size: 7.20h x 5.70w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781797213231
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.5
Point Value: 1
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 520299 / Story of Gumluck the Wizard

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 05/01/2023 pg. 47
Kirkus Reviews 06/15/2023
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 07/01/2023
Publishers Weekly 06/19/2023
Shelf Awareness 08/18/2023
School Library Journal 10/20/2023 pg. 1

About the Author
Adam Rex is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books and novels, including The True Meaning of Smekday and the New York Times bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. He has also illustrated the work of many other authors, including Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Jeff Kinney, Kate DiCamillo, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Paul Feig, and Neil Gaiman. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. See more about him at

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