Hey, Presto! 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 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.
 

About Nadia Shireen

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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. This is her first picture book.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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(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.

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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.

Oct 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Hey, Presto!

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