Tito the Magician

tr. from Dutch. illus. by Guido van Genechten. 32p. Clavis. Aug. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781605372563.
PreS-Gr 1-With his large clown nose, clown makeup, oversize shoes, suspenders, baggy pants, and big smile, Tito clearly loves the circus. He is particularly drawn to the incredible performance by Manu the magician. Alone in his room, Tito tries to re-create Manu's magic but fails. When he finally gathers the courage to ask for instructions, Manu is gracious with his time, but, more important, he gives Tito the special secret to success: "You have to believe that you can do it." When Tito later successfully pulls a mouse from Manu's hat in front of an audience, he experiences the joy that comes from succeeding after taking a risk. The bright, simple illustrations pair nicely with the tale, perfectly capturing Tito's youth, changing emotions, and sense of wonder.
VERDICT A sweet selection that will remind children to have faith in their own abilities. Perfect for a magic-themed storytime.-Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CA

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