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Children's LiteratureWhen a little boy (who remains nameless throughout the story) receives a letter informing him that his long-lost uncle is dead and left him something, he is very surprised. But neither the boy nor his dad nor their dog Spoof can imagine what it will be. When a magic box arrives complete with instructions on how to saw an orphan girl in half, the boy can hardly wait to try it out. He instantly talks his dad into getting in the box and saws him in half. Nevertheless, getting dad back together proves harder than expected. Ted van Lieshout does an amazing job of creating very real magic in a very short book. Philip Hopman's whimsical black-and-white illustrations are a perfect match for this wonderfully wacky story. 2005, Annick Press, Ages 7 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck