Cover of The Wizard of Washington Square by Jane Yolen

Wizard of Washington Square, The

Illustrated by Ray Cruz
World 1969
ISBN# LC 79-82777 World hardcover
Tor Starscape March 2005
ISBN# 0-765-35016-5 Tor Starscape paperback

A boy, a girl, a dog, an inept wizard, a nasty antiques dealer, a walking table, and a great white alligator. I set this in New York City’s Greenwich Village where my husband and I met and we lived for the first years of our marriage. It is a complete romp.

What reviewers have said:

  • “This is another of Yolen’s many excellent books for young readers. Whimsical and offbeat, it’s a quick read but a fun one. . ..The sheer absurdity of the situation, as well as the mental imagery invoked, make for some fun reading.”–Chronicle
  • “A palpable mixture of magic, nonsense, and a light-hearted splash of local color…. A blithe and bouncy book.”–Saturday Review