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The Magic Paintbrush by Kat Zhang and Eric Darnell

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Publishing Date: May 21, 2024



In this highly illustrated series launch, Amy, a Chinese American girl picks up an ancient paintbrush and unwittingly unleashes the power to make her art real—and sometimes dangerous. Perfect for fantasy readers who love Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor and Dragon Pearl series.

“Gorgeous and gripping, The Magic Paintbrush swoops readers off on rip-roaring fantasy adventure that unfurls like a magnificent scroll…Brimming with imagination and heart…” Soman Chainani, author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series

Amy has always loved art, but lately her drawings have been less than impressive. There’s no passion, nopersonality, no…magic. Until Amy visits her Lao Lao, her grandmother, and finds an ancient paintbrush that brings anything Amy creates to life!

Now her creation Luna has taken over her bedroom and is running through the streets of Flushing, Queens. What an international adventure filled with an ancient Chinese legend, a greedy adversary and ghastly beasts!

Award-winning author Kat Zhang teams up with Eric Darnell, the writer and director of the Madagascar series and the Chief Creative Officer of Baobab Studios, to create a captivating highly-illustrated middle grade series debut about finding your own path, the power of imagination, and the strength of family.


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Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional–the former have better souvenirs, but the latter allow for dragons, so it’s a tough pick. She is the author of the novels the Hybrid Chronicles, The Emperor’s Riddle, and The Memory of Forgotten Things, and the picture books Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon. When not writing, spends her free time scribbling poetry, taking photographs, and climbing atop things she shouldn’t.

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Holy cow what a way to start a new series. The Magic Paintbrush was such a page turner I could not put it down. You had short chapters and amazing illustrations which grabbed you and would not let you go until you finished the book.

I loved all the characters and you even had a baddie who for once was actually realistic and added to the story.

I could go on raving about this wonderful book and tell you more but I'm not going to do that as I don't do spoilers ever but I will say if you pick this book up you will be guaranteed and amazing time.

Someone from either TV land or Movie land needs to pick this book up and develop it. I honestly can't wait for the next book.

For all the above reasons The Magic Paint Brush receives 5 stars.

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