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Monty and Milli: The Totally Amazing Magic Trick
     

Monty and Milli: The Totally Amazing Magic Trick

by Tracey Corderoy, Tim Warnes (Illustrator)
 

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Milli wanted to do everything that her big brother, Monty, did. But Monty got tired of Milli getting in his way, and so he wished she would turn into a warty toad—that is, until he thought that she actually did. The joys and hassles of having a younger sibling come to full life in this brightly and energetically illustrated book. With a touch of sparkle

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Milli wanted to do everything that her big brother, Monty, did. But Monty got tired of Milli getting in his way, and so he wished she would turn into a warty toad—that is, until he thought that she actually did. The joys and hassles of having a younger sibling come to full life in this brightly and energetically illustrated book. With a touch of sparkle whenever real magic occurs, this book will bring enchantment to storytime.

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Publishers Weekly
This winsome story starring mouse siblings addresses a familiar subject: copying. Much to his chagrin, Monty’s devoted younger sister, Milli, mimics whatever he does. When Monty receives a magic set for his birthday, he’s thrilled that it contains only one wand, cape, and hat, and he informs Milli, “it’s meant for just one.” A few unsuccessful magic tricks later, however, he relents and agrees to let her be his assistant. “But no taking over.” This proves impossible for Milli, and after she messes up Monty’s magic set, he shouts, “I wish you’d turn into a warty toad and then disappear!” Later, when Milli can’t be found, Monty fears that his wish has come true. Corderoy’s (Oh, Dylan!) storytelling has just enough gentle humor to keep it from feeling overly saccharine or earnest—especially in the book’s unexpected final scene, which suggests that although Monty didn’t really make Milli disappear, he may have some magical talent after all. Full of homey details, Warnes’s (Icky Little Duckling) friendly scenes of domestic drama accentuate the siblings’ high energy, changeable emotions, and mutual affection. Ages 3–7. (June)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Monty's sister, Milli, wants to do everything he does. From playing with robots and painting to roaring and reading, the younger mouse wants in. When Monty gets a magic kit, he is thrilled to see one wand, one hat, one cape, and one book. Milli is not happy with the situation until her brother invites her to be his assistant. Unfortunately, she is better at taking over than helping, and Monty loses his cool when she accidentally flattens his hat and breaks his wand. He wishes she would turn into a toad and disappear. When Milli doesn't show up at snack time, he fears that his magic has taken the sister he loves. A happy ending ensues when she appears from under the kitchen table. Author and illustrator deliver a perfect match of words and pictures. Corderoy hits all the right notes of sibling frustration and love while Warnes's cartoon images show them with attention to detail, expressions, and excellent color choices. This book is sure to resonate with older siblings.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
Little sisters can be annoying, but would you really like them to disappear? Little Monty the mouse likes to read, and paint, and pretend to be a dragon. And everything he does, his sister Milli does, too! She even imitates his fearsome dragon roar. Monty's latest interest is magic, and he patiently explains to Milli that his new magic set "is meant just for one." But Milli wants to play, too. Unfortunately, she makes a mess of Monty's vanishing trick, then rips his instruction manual when she tries to master a card trick. Monty screams that he wishes she'd turn into a warty toad and disappear. Milli runs away in tears. For the rest of the day, Monty practices by himself, and it's fun... for a while. But he gets worried when Milli's not at the dinner table; did his wish really turn her into a toad?! Monty starts to cry, then Milli pops up out of her hiding place at just the right moment for a sibling reconciliation and a collaborative attempt at magic. The book's final two-page spread delivers a rollicking (and embossed) surprise. Corderoy's lesson is solid, but the story scrimps on the crucial middle. Warnes' friendly mice nicely pitch the story to a younger audience, and they have a gently astringent feel missing from much of his often-sentimental work. Cute but slight. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561487424
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Pages:
26
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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