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.