The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Gerda Muller

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  • A beautiful interpretation of the story that inspired Disney’s Fantasia
  • Lovingly illustrated in exquisite detail, breathing new magic into the classic tale
  • From renowned artist Gerda Muller, creator of the award-winning A Year in Our New Garden

A delicately illustrated, unique retelling of the story that inspired Disney's Fantasia. Can Oliver stop his enchanted brooms getting out of control?

278 x 296 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
24 pages
Publication date:
20 Feb 2020


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.

But 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. This beautifully illustrated edition is the creation of renowned artist Gerda Muller, creator of USBBY-honoured A Year in Our New Garden.


Praise for Gerda Muller:

'An exquisite work of art with a timeless quality... This is a must for all libraries and schools.'
-- Carousel on A Year Around the Great Oak

'The beautifully detailed paintings invite close inspection as the seasons change.'
-- School Library Journal on A Year In Our New Garden

‘Gerda Muller’s enchanting illustrations, filled with details, will keep little readers engaged.’
-- San Francisco Book Review

‘Exquisite in beauty and detail.’
-- Youth Services Book Review


Gerda Muller was born in 1926 in Naarden, Holland. She attended the Fine Arts School of Amsterdam and Ecole Estienne of Paris. She has illustrated over 120 books for children and her books have been translated into many languages. She is the creator of the Seasons board books, How Does My Garden Grow?, How Does My Fruit Grow?, A Year Around the Great Oak, and A Year in Our New Garden, which was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book 2017.

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