Anton Can Do Magic

Anton Can Do Magic

by Ole Konnecke

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Publishers Weekly
Anton looks a bit like Charlie Brown, although he's younger and more cheerful, and he wears a big, impressive turban with the feather in front, the kind that real magicians wear. Könnecke, in his English-language debut, records Anton's efforts to do magic with his prized hat, letting readers in on the joke that the hat doesn't actually give him any magic powers, even though Anton thinks it does. He can't make a tree disappear ("That's funny—the tree is still there. That tree is probably too big"), so he tries again with a small bird perching on a high branch. "Anton does some magic" (Anton waves his hands around professionally, the hat falls over his eyes as he does, and the bird flies away). "The bird is gone. Anton can do magic!" For his next trick, Anton brings his new talent to his friends Luke, who's skeptical, and Greta, who's lost her bird. Endearingly, Könnecke allows Anton to be the hero even after readers see that it's all coincidence, a sweet-tempered conclusion that celebrates kids' belief in their own abilities. Ages 3�up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—With "The Great Sorcar" poster as his inspiration, young Anton dons a magician's turban and sets off to prove that he can make things disappear. Because his too-large turban keeps slipping down over his eyes, a few things do indeed go missing. His friend Luke is skeptical, but when a girl's missing bird suddenly reappears, supposedly due to Anton's clever abracadabra moves, Luke reconsiders his opinion and Anton walks away with his dream fulfilled and his reputation established. Images of the boy, a tree, and a bird appear on ample white space, keeping the focus strictly on Anton and his perceptions of what is happening. This story is told with a spare, easy-to-read text; it's the illustrations that tell the true story and add much humor.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID

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Gecko Press
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Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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