~FREE PDF ♫ Kajtuś Czarodziej ⚐ Kaytek, A Mischievous Schoolboy Who Wants To Become A Wizard, Is Surprised To Discover That He Is Able To Perform Magic Spells And Change Reality He Begins To Lead A Double Life A Powerful Wizard In The Dress Of An Ordinary Boy It S All Great Fun Using Magic To Cause Strange Incidents In His School And Neighborhood, But Soon Kaytek S Increasing Powers Cause Major Chaos Around The City Of Warsaw Disillusioned, He Leaves The Country And Wanders The World In Search Of The Meaning Of His Good Intentions, His Unique Abilities, And Their Consequences Revolving Around The Notion That Power Is Not Without Responsibility, Nor Without Repercussions, This Story Speaks To Every Child S Dream Of Freeing Themselves From The Endless Control Of Adults, And Shaping The World To Their Own Designs
Kaytek the Wizard by Janusz Korczak 1878 1942 Originally published in Polish as Kajtus Czarodziej in 1933 Illustrated by Avi Katz English translation by Antonia Lloyd Jones Published by Penlight Publications At first glance only, I was not too taken with this book I did not like the attitude or the smoking of this young boy However, on realizing first that this was another era and second, that it was taking place in a different culture of which I knew little, I sat back and refocused I m glad I did.Kaytek s real name is Antek, but a chance encounter changed his name, so as far as the schoolboys and Antek himself decided, he went by Kaytek He is a boy who is very clever, too easily distracted, full of energy and questions, disruptive, and in general what we might say today as hyperactive or even ADHD.Keeping in mind that he is growing up in pre WWII Poland where poverty is prevalent and imagination is an escape, it is no wonder that Kaytek s only desire in life is to become a wizard Through being a wizard, he comes to learn many of life s lessons as a result of his many failures due to lack of thinking things through.The book has its charms, and is a good look at how children interact in a way we now call bullying Entertaining as it is, Kaytek often creates pandemonium with his wizardry He must learn through his special abilities how to be rational, how to think of others, how to avoid capture, and so much On the flip side, we see how adults, particularly in this time period, treat children, use them as providers, physically abuse them, and allow them no rights.Overall, once into the book I could soon see that it is basically a fable, a morality tale We all grew up with similar books and stories, this one just happens to be in depth and with to say I m not sure what age this would appeal to now, 80 years later Possibly 12 and over It is an interesting read about a time and country not too many people in North America knew much about in the 1930s There is a very good Translator s Afterword, explaining why and how the author, a champion for childrens rights, wrote a book of this nature, which I found very compelling. I read it many times as a little boy I read yesterday with my daughter One of the most powerful books for children ever No sweetness, no easy ways Child s dream to become a wizard comes out as something rather creating problems than solving them Kajtu finds out dark sides of human existence Trying every aspect of life but it looks like set of disappoitments.Real life. This was a painful read Stopped half way. 3.5 5 Very different from today s fantasy novels about wizards I enjoyed Kaytek the Wizard as much for learning about how children s literature has changed as anything The storyline is rather odd and flat Kaytek decides he wants to be a wizard and practices making things happen by saying, I want, I demand whatever he wants He s a bit of a brat so he plays a lot of pranks and causes trouble When he tries to do good, he finds that he s misunderstood and is driven from his home in Warsaw He travels the world for a time, then eventually returns home.Some warnings The book is unfinished It was apparently published in serial form and the author read it to his orphans he ran an orphanage and crossed out things they found too frightening from my understanding, the scary bits were published in serial form but didn t make changes to them because the book was apparently already pre publication and he didn t have time to fix those problems So, there are big gaps where you have no idea what happened in Chapter 12 I think it s 12 and then shortly after that, the the story just stops I knew the book was incomplete so that part didn t bother me, but I didn t care for the unexpected gaps However, the book was originally published in 1933 and the original scary parts that were removed no longer exist in any form The author died with his orphans in Treblinka concentration camp I think that was part of the reason I read it I was curious about the author, who was well known in his time I advise reading it for historical context, but don t expect a modern adventure Kaytek is quite different Footnotes and notes by the translator help the book to make sense and to give it added interest. This is a delightful book, but it becomes tragic when you know that the author Janusz Korczak led his last group of orphans from the Warsaw Ghetto to Auschwitz.Author s Dedication This is a difficult book I dedicate it to all the restless children, those who find it hard to change and improve You have to want to change, very much and very deeply You need to strengthen your will power You need to play a useful role in life Chapter One Kaytek goes into stores and pretends he wants to buy something, though he doesn t have a penny end of Chapter One So that s what Kytek is like Impatient Full of ideas He was like that before he ever went to school He was like that before he became a wizard From my novel in progress draftHow many children are here she asked Forty five Anna opened her handbag, took out a bag containing fifty small coins She gave them to Korczak Hanukkah gelt, she said Thank you, Korczak said Now I have something for you He reached for a thick file and laid it on the table Here s something I m working on, but I need help It s a story about a boy who wants to become a wizard and is surprised to discover that he s actually able to perform magic spells and change reality But soon his powers cause chaos in Warsaw and he has to leave What do you think It sounds fascinating The children will love it Good, then you ll help me I need someone to edit my manuscript I think you d be perfect Will you do it I would be honored, Anna said, and she meant it It would be very special to work with Janusz Korczak, who was one of the most revered Jews in Warsaw, respected even in the gentile community Anna left the orphanage in such high spirits that the thieves, prostitutes, and pimps on lower Krachmalna Street, and even the pervasive stench of rotten fruit and cooking oil, did not dissipate her mood NOTE Anna is my main fictional Polish character in a novel set in Germany and Poland during the Nazi years. The book was quite interesting in the beginning as it imparts a really strong sense of Polish culture It eventually lost its interest as Kaytek never progressed from moderately tolerable to someone actually likeable Overall, the story doesn t seem to have a very strong arc, particular when Chapter 18 is left a moth eaten remnant by the author s edits after being told that these parts were too scary by a child very authentic and accurate, but not particularly enjoyable as a read.The best parts were definitely those in which Korczak s views about the relationship between kids and adults and attitudes toward education were most evident I found myself taking a rather academic interest in the book as treatise on childhood studies.I like the presence of the footnotes and the depth of the afterward but I m not sure that the footnotes are the correct ideas to bring up or that the authors notes are even best suited to an afterward Many of the ideas would have been useful before reading rather than afterward Many of the ideas of race referred to the afterward but it was difficult to locate them while reading so I thought these things were actually appropriate to include as footnotes than the geographic things that were mentioned. This is an odd book Its plot is almost picaresque in structure, though there might have been of a climax and resolution if the author had rewritten the parts he crossed out and also if he had written an ending Maybe if he hadn t been so busy with his orphans in Poland or if they all hadn t died in ths Holocaust, he would have You see Nazis, things like this are why no one likes you Overall, it s a neat, if slow read, despite its brevity I m glad I read it though I ll probably never reread it. I have been very interested in the work of Janusz Korczak as one of the first advocates of children rights and this second I read from him made me think a lot about how children see adults Here are a couple quotes I especially enjoyed p 77 Anyone who wants things to be easy is a dope Things that are hard are interesting p 81 What has good conduct got to do with his studies If he knows his lessons, he should get a good grade A hooligan can be a good student, and a quiet kid can be a lazybones or a dimwit Why bother study to study if they don t respect you for it p 158 Zofia is a good guide she shows him everything and explains it all so understandably She stops in each spot for just as long as necessary to see and remember Every time he asks a question she either gives an instant reply, telling what she has seen and known for sure, or else says at once I don t know Maybe Mom will know Maybe Andrew can tell us We ll ask the people from the village, It s totally different from at school, totally different from a nature trip She never once says Kaytek s question is unimportant or stupid she isn t surprised if he doesn t know something, and she never says he ought to know that by now A lot of food for thought for adults and teachers Overall a great book with great insight into an age preceding World War 2 Not a big fan of pretending kids should have all the same rights as adults, but that s not excessively heavy here Overall, good thinking and empathy Good treatment of many themes.The episodic and wandering nature, lack of coherent plot, deleted scenes, and lack of conclusion all weakened this for me That s why 3 stars instead of 4 The bits of occult stuff bothered me, too, but it wasn t heavy.Overall a book worth reading Read about the author, too Overall, quite the remarkable guy.