Uncle Gus's Magic Box

Uncle Gus's Magic Box

by Ted Van Lieshout, Philip Hopman
     
 

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A story of a father and son's exploration of a box of a stage magician's tools. Not all the instructions are understood with hilarious results. A funny, easy-to-read story with black and white illustrations.
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A story of a father and son's exploration of a box of a stage magician's tools. Not all the instructions are understood with hilarious results. A funny, easy-to-read story with black and white illustrations.

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Children's Literature
When 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550379358
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Pages:
60
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Spoof ran to the door.
He wagged his tail.
He barked.
He was happy because Dad was home.
Dad walked in.
He was hungry. "Give me three cookies,"
he said. "Or I'll die."
I gave him one.

"Three is too many," I said.
I ate the second cookie.
Spoof got half of the third one and
I ate the rest of it.

Dad sat on the couch.
He looked through the mail.
"There's a letter for you," he said.

"For me?" I asked, surprised.
I never get any mail,
except on my birthday.
But it wasn't my birthday.

I took the letter.
It had my name on it.
I opened it quickly. It said:

Your long-lost uncle is dead.

"My long-lost uncle is dead," I told Dad.

"Your long-lost uncle?
That must be Uncle Gus.
You haven't got any other long-lost uncles."

"I don't know Uncle Gus," I said.

"Uncle Gus only saw you once,
said Dad. "You were still in your crib.
Then he moved to Japan."

"Because of me?" I asked.

"Probably," laughed Dad.
"What does the letter say?"

I read it out:

"Sadly, your long-lost uncle has died. But the good news is that he left you something.

"It's on its way, by mail."

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