Monday, November 28, 2016

Nonfiction Monday: Anything but ordinary Addie: The true story of Adelaide Herrmann Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Bruno Iacopo

While I am often frustrated by picture book biographies, feeling as I do that they exist in a sort of no man's land with no audience, if someone manages to create one that is truly a picture book with biographical aspects I am all there. Mara Rockliff is one of the few authors who can do that, in my opinion.

In a black and white world, Addie wants to be extraordinary, dazzling and amazing! She sets out to be a dancer, then a trick cyclist, and finally marries a famous magician. When he unexpectedly dies of heart failure the show must go on - with Addie as the magician. But can she do it?

Bruno's illustrations combine colorful backdrops with characters giving the illusion of being paper cut-outs, moving across the screen of an old-fashioned film. The stiff figures lack emotional depth, but are a great match for the younger audience and the focus on magic, excitement, and action.

Back matter includes an overview of Adelaide Herrmann's life and importance as a magician and a further note on her disappearance from history and recent rediscovery.

Verdict: A magical read for older and younger kids alike, hand this one to magic-obsessed kids and those who like an exciting, fun story.

ISBN: 9780763668419; Published 2016 by Candlewick; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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