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MAGIC BOX by Katie Cleminson


by Katie Cleminson and illustrated by Katie Cleminson

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: June 23rd, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4231-2109-1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

With a keen understanding of the truth that the box a present comes in is often the best part of the gift, Cleminson makes a lively story with winsome illustrations. For her birthday, Eva receives a box labeled “handle with care / contains magic.” Climbing in, she pops out in a black cloak and holding a magic wand. Her first trick is to conjure a pet called Monty, who turns out to be a full-size polar bear. She pulls many rabbits out of a hat and magics them into the air, along with party food and a group of (animal) musicians. Eva and her menagerie are boldly drawn in thick, black line and gray wash (her shirt has orange stripes), while the dance, the music and the air are filled with cheerful splotches and blots of red, orange, pink, blues and browns on the same white ground as the figures. When everyone’s tired from all that dancing, Eva “click[s] her fingers” and it all disappears. Except Monty. A little odd and more than a little engaging. (Picture book. 4-7)