“Like Lemony Snicket with a little Monty Python”: That’s what LA Weekly called Pseudonymous Bosch’s writing. He has a mischievous and very silly approach that is irresistible to readers—his books have sold several million copies.
Magic and Mystery: For his first chapter book series, the author has come up with the winning combination of mysteries and magic tricks (not to mention humor). Think George Brown meets The A to Z Mysteries (with a bit of Frosty the Snowman snuck in)—there is so much here to delight all kids. Each book will include instructions to perform the title trick.
Adorably illustrated in two colors: This is the first children’s book illustrated by Shane Pangburn, who brings a comic-book appeal to his endearing and plentiful interior art.
Casual diversity: The twins Martine and Beatriz have gay dads (they are inspired by the author’s own marriage and kids), Oliver is Jewish, and the cast of each book will be racially diverse.
"The author pulls out a late twist, slips in line drawings (some partly in color) on almost every page, and, for a final flourish, closes with a description of the trickand suggestions for patter. No abracadabra needed to make this disappear from the shelves." —Booklist
"[A] raucous series opener . . . Portrayed in Pangburn's peppy cartoons, unremitting slapstick scenarios augment the comedy, as do puns, miscommunications, and Bosch's cheeky, meddling narration." —Publisher's Weekly
"With a talking rabbit on the lam, this amusing story of friendship, failure, and success (and an erupting candy volcano) neatly slips in vocabulary along the way. Readers shouldn't have so much ridiculous fun with a book as they do with this one." —Kirkus Review
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