A pop-up magic show featuring numbers one to 10…plus an extra.
One male “master magician” introduces two female “glamorous assistants” in midriff-bearing tops and harem pants (all three are white). The book goes on to reveal three balls, four flying doves, five scarves, six bunnies, and so on up, with help from large, sturdy flaps, pull tabs, and pop-up cutouts. Though not much for continuity (the woman’s hand flourishing “nine linking rings” emerges from a ruffled cuff, which neither “assistant” sports), Goodreau offers very simply drawn illustrations in which all the items are easy to see and count. Following the doves, bunnies, and assistants taking bows in a 3-D scene, a final view of a seemingly empty stage with a “0” and (oddly) “None” gives way with the flip of a flap to the magician expressing a hope that the audience enjoyed the show. Diapered digerati will applaud, at least on the first run-through—though they’ll more than likely be thrown off by the confusingly labeled and atypically placed zero. The fact that three of the assistants’ four hands appear to be attached backward in the climactic tableau will creep out their grown-ups.
This act needs a little more work. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)