Box of Tricks

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Eva is given a big cardboard box on her birthday. She is a magician and for her first trick produces a large polar bear.

Next Eva makes hats and rabbits that float in the air alongside the bear. After this she conjures up some delicious party food and a band of animals playing musical instruments. Everyone dances their socks off!

When they are all exhausted Eva clicks her fingers and everyone vanishes – except for the large polar bear! All the characters are drawn in black and white ink but they party against a backdrop of gloriously multicoloured ink blots, which ensures there is plenty to look at in this fun picture book. Every child loves an empty box and here, with the help of some magic, it contains a fantasy birthday party.

Winner of the 2009 Best Emerging Illustrator at the Booktrust Early Years Awards.

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