PROBUDITI! by Chris Van Allsburg

PROBUDITI!

Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A rare outing from Van Allsburg, featuring as smooth a case of payback as ever was. Calvin returns from watching a hypnotist’s act determined to visit yet another torment on his beleaguered little sister, Trudy, by hypnotizing her. His delight at seeing her barking loudly and capering about like a dog changes to dismay, however, when she fails to snap out of it on command, and then to deep gloom when his frantic efforts to waken her earn him supper-less exile to his room. With sepia-toned, characteristic photorealism, Van Allsburg views his African-American characters from low angles and zeroes in on their animated faces. Trudy-as-a-dog is not only particularly hilarious, with glassy eyes and hanging tongue, but totally convincing, too—until, that is, she makes a sly remark at the end. Smaller siblings everywhere will applaud the elegant way she turns the tables on her big brother. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-75502-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2006




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