Presto Change-O: A Book of Animal Magic


Here you'll find a magic book
Where all's not what it seems.
For when you turn each object round
The unexpected will be seen.

See the raccoon hiding in a magic cauldron? The owl pretending to be a clock? The lion masquerading as a flower? A rabbit hiding in a hot-air balloon? Kids will love ...

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Here you'll find a magic book
Where all's not what it seems.
For when you turn each object round
The unexpected will be seen.

See the raccoon hiding in a magic cauldron? The owl pretending to be a clock? The lion masquerading as a flower? A rabbit hiding in a hot-air balloon? Kids will love working magic with just a few simple turns—and a few rhyming verses—that transform everyday objects into familiar creatures. Simple manipulations for little hands make this a literal page turner.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/23/2013
French artist Manceau offers a delightful game of transformation in this large-format board book, in which everyday objects turn into animals via swiveling die-cut cardboard pieces. Manceau's flat, graphic images are ideally suited to the visual hook, and rhymes provide a hint of narrative ("A flower's petals form a ring, or is it more like a mane?"). There's something extremely pleasurable about flipping a green salad bowl upside down to become a turtle's shell or swinging a scalloped bar around to turn what were once the legs of a clock into an owl's feet. Ages 3–up. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"Your little one will love this book."—Redbook Magazine's Mamarama Blog

"A delightful game of transformation."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Indulges the imagination."-School Library Journal

"Preschoolers. will enjoy giving this one a whirl, literally."-Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This large board book indulges the imagination by using simple shapes and reader manipulation to transform each illustration into something else entirely-a hot-air balloon becomes a rabbit, and a rocket turns into a penguin. Emerging readers can enjoy the book without hearing the accompanying text and simply look for the pictures or bolded words to make the changes. The most visually engaging of these is a pot that turns into a raccoon, as it offers slightly more color and shape variation than the other transformations. The bold, graphic style of the illustrations works well to help readers focus on the task at hand while also bringing a decidedly minimalistic ascetic to the text when paired together. There does seem to be something lost in translation in the text. There is some surprisingly difficult vocabulary for a book that is sure to be promoted to the youngest of readers (or nonreaders). Consider purchasing this title as a supplemental material for its promotion of motor skills and shape recognition.—Beth Dobson, Weatherly Heights Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
Kirkus Reviews
Through the twist of paperboard flaps, objects are transformed.The action is on the right-hand pages. A man's top hat reveals a bird hiding underneath; a salad bowl flips upside down to become a turtle. Across the spread, rhyming couplets describe the transformation. The majority of these paper-engineering magic tricks will enchant children, but some of these metamorphoses feel a bit forced; the clock that morphs into an owl requires the twisting of seven separate flaps and does not end up looking much like the nocturnal bird. Manceau's flat, Lois Ehlert-like graphics in a dark and highly saturated palette are eye-catching, although the almost entirely black rocket/penguin is too dark against a navy blue background. The poetry is also uneven, including some delightful lines mixed in with forced analogies and lines that don't scan. The final two pages provide before-and-after pictures of each switch as a helpful guide. The back of this board book bears a large choking-hazard warning for children under 3, but since the verse is sophisticated and the manipulations require more dexterity than the average toddler possesses, the package is more appropriate for older kiddos anyway.While it's a less-than-perfect offering, preschoolers who crave gimmicks to manipulate will enjoy giving this one a whirl, literally. (Board book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782848019444
  • Publisher: Tourbillon
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Sales rank: 572,717
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Édouard Manceau dedicated himself to making children's books after graduating art school in France. His illustrations are a combination of drawing, painting, photography, and collage. He lives in Toulouse, France.

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