Hee-Haw-Dini and the Great Zambini (Hardcover)
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9780810970250, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2009
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Who says animals can't be magicians? Hee-Haw the donkey and Chester the field mouse live on a farm but dream of becoming master magicians. None of the other animals believe they can do it, but when the Great Zambini's magic chest falls off his train, they just might have a shot. With the help of the master's most difficult illusions, Hee-Haw and Chester disguise themselves as performers and wow their friends. With practice and hard work, they learn that "In order to become a magician, one must believe that magical things can happen." A delightful tale of fearless ambition, this story proves that appearances can be deceiving--especially when magic is involved. "Magic is a perennially hot topic for children...the subtle themes of the power of advertising and the gullibility of the public make this one worth sharing. The vibrant acrylics with cheerful, cartoon-like characters provide added appeal."--Booklist "Full of tricks...Kennedy's acrylics really pop--the mustachio'd Hee-Haw-Dini is a treat to behold."--Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Kim Kennedy and her brother Doug Kennedy have collaborated on several book projects. Publishers Weekly said the Kennedys "create fantasy situations that evoke 19th-century fairy stories . . . [and the] paintings have the spirit of early animation with a touch of Oz." They live in Monroe, Louisiana.