________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 15 . . . . March 16, 2007

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The Disappearing Magician. (Kids Can Read).

Louise Dickson. Illustrated by Pat Cupples.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.).
ISBN 978-1-55453-034-2 (pbk.), ISBN 978-1-55453-033-5 (cl.).

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Ruth Scales McMahon.

*** /4

excerpt:

Arabella was bent over and old trunk.

"Hello," called Lu.

Arabella quickly shut the lid.

"Can you teach me how to pull a rabbit out of a hat?" asked Clancy.

"Can you teach me to pull a coin from my ear?" asked Lu.

"How would you like to be in a magic show? Arabella asked?

While vacationing on a cruise ship, Lu and Clancy, dog detectives, inadvertently stumble upon a case. Arabella, the ship magician, devises a magic trick, which allows her to steal some jewels from the passengers. With the help of their friends, Ruby and Ruckus, Lu and Clancy save the day and the jewels.

     In both The Drop of Doom and The Disappearing Magician, the setting, slapstick humour and magic tricks will make these popular with the intended audience. Pat Cupples' lively, optimistic illustrations are a great partner to these texts. Cupples has captured the joie de vivre and enthusiastic nature of these characters.

     The inclusion of the instructions on how to perform the tricks is a bonus that will send young magicians scrambling to perfect the illusions. These two titles are adaptations of earlier works: Drop of Doom (The Carnival Caper, 2002) and The Disappearing Magician (The Vanishing Cat, 2001). The text has been simplified to fit the “Kids Can Read” series mandate.

Recommended.

Alberta’s Ruth Scales McMahon is a Children's Librarian, Co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Book Award Committee and the mother of two young children.

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