The Missing Trick

Cicada. Oct. 2021. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781908714947.
PreS-Gr 3–For readers who have had that day, the one where they can’t find the one thing they are looking for, this is the book. Louis, an aspiring magician, is setting up for his magic show but can’t find his rabbit. As he looks through all of his magic tricks, a crowd starts to gather. Each discarded piece of equipment brings a surprise to the onlookers, who are more and more impressed with each trick. Louis is oblivious to the crowd and their impressions because he’s so intent on finding the rabbit. The finale is funny and a bit of a surprise. Young readers will enjoy this for the brevity of the text and the depth of detail in the warm, engaging, highly energetic art work. It tells more of the story than the deadpan text; readers will love poring over the pages and seeking out the details.
VERDICT A fun and enjoyable read.

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