Hey, Presto!
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Hey, Presto!

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by Nadia Shireen
     
 

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Presto is a very talented magician. And his friend Monty is a very confident performer. So when they start a magic show at the carnival, things look good for the dazzling duo.  But as their success grows, so does Monty's head. Soon, he's the one who's always in the spotlight, and he's becoming bossier and more demanding: "Hey, Presto! Get my hat!" "Presto! These

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Presto is a very talented magician. And his friend Monty is a very confident performer. So when they start a magic show at the carnival, things look good for the dazzling duo.  But as their success grows, so does Monty's head. Soon, he's the one who's always in the spotlight, and he's becoming bossier and more demanding: "Hey, Presto! Get my hat!" "Presto! These bunnies don't work." "I need chocolate ice cream with extra sprinkles—and I need it NOW!"  When Presto gets fed up and decides to leave, what will happen to the show? And more importantly, to their friendship?

Hey, Presto! is a delight: adorable characters, a fresh, appealing art style, spot-on humor, and a touch of magic on each spread.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shireen forgoes the edgy humor of her Good Little Wolf to tell a playful rags-to-riches story of a spotlight-hogging dog who forsakes friendship for fame. Monty, a fuzzy brown dog, and his best friend Presto, an equally scruffy blue cat, live on the streets and “ have much,” but they are happy and have their own talents. Monty’s include “singing, eating ice cream and making extremely silly faces,” while Presto is a “brilliant magician.” When the duo sees a poster soliciting carnival acts, they hightail it to the big tent in hopes of becoming famous. Presto lets Monty take the stage first, helping behind the scenes instead, but Monty quickly turns into a diva. “It was Monty’s turn night... after night... after night.” Fed up, Presto abandons his friend, but returns just in time to save Monty’s televised magic show—and their relationship. Shireen’s characters have oversize heads and bright, googly eyes, making them look ready for adventure. Comedic details including a fire-eating lizard and Monty’s magical disasters bring some spark to a sweet-natured tale about the give-and-take of friendship. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
School Library Journal, October 2012:
"The humor is subtle, but the message about the importance of friendship is strong."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Presto and Monty live in an alleyway surrounded by garbage and rats, but this cat and dog are happy because they have each other. Monty entertains Presto with his singing and funny faces; Presto amazes Monty with his magic. When they join a carnival, though, fame gets in the way of their friendship. Monty won't let Presto be on stage because he wants the spotlight all to himself. On the day he performs solo at a sold-out show, he discovers just how important Monty is to their act. After apologies are exchanged, the friends perform a new show that showcases both of their talents. Shireen's illustrations are a combination of pencil, ink, collage, and digital rendering. Although the animals at the carnival don't speak, word balloons let readers know how Monty is feeling when he's on the stage. The humor is subtle, but the message about the importance of friendship is strong.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
A magic act goes temporarily awry when a bossypants walks all over his best mate. Presto is a sweet-looking, big-headed, blue cat. Monty's probably a dog, with brown fur and a big snout. They "didn't have much, but it didn't matter. They were best friends and they were happy." They do look happy in their alley, complete with trash can, suitcase and two cardboard boxes; however, googly eyes hint at upcoming relational inequality. Monty grandstands, waving a bone and crossing his eyes at nobody in particular, while Presto gazes straight at him adoringly. When they perform a public magic show, it's Presto's technical magic expertise that makes showman Monty shine. Then Monty's ego grows until he's so self-centered and domineering that a dejected Presto must walk away, leaving Monty to fail in his biggest show ever. (Media-savvy kids may call shenanigans on a magic show being "on television"--couldn't it be just digital fakery?) Watching TV, Presto sees Monty's presentation collapsing and "c[a]n't bear it." He returns, and they make up. Shireen's glossy multimedia artwork has a cheery, two-dimensional feeling. Visual jokes (Monty reads Easy Peasy Magic upside down), speech bubbles ("Hey, Presto! Get me chocolate ice cream, with extra sprinkles--now!"), and the techniques behind Presto's tricks add to interest. Distinct from run-of-the-mill argument arcs requiring apology before reconciliation, this alternate model provokes thought. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307975713
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
School Library Journal, October 2012:
"The humor is subtle, but the message about the importance of friendship is strong."

Meet the Author

NADIA SHIREEN has been drawing all her life and recently received her MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in England. Her first picture book, Good Little Wolf, is also available from Knopf.

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