Rating: (1-5) 5 is a starred review: 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Houdini was the perfect magician’s assistant. After interviewing lots of rabbits, the famous magician Monsieur Lapin chose Houdini,, the rabbit, who had everything, stage presence, a sense of timing and was a born performer. These adorable illustrations show Houdini helping the cast relax before a show, and doing his pre-show checks. He’s a perfect assistant, including saving the show when Monsieur Lapin botches a trick. Eventually, Houdini takes over the show; Monsieur Lapin gets relegated to the back and eventually the fame gets to his head. When Houdini finally realizes that his friend is feeling awful, he fixes the situation. He’s a true magician. The story has a nice message and the rabbits are drawn with lots of personality.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book
To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is geared to children ages 3-8.
Who should buy this book? all libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.
Date of review: Dec.18, 2016