Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Picture Books -- Day 11

You know how it is when you have loved a picture book and find yourself needing a new copy of the book, and you try to buy one, but you can't because the book is no longer in print?  Sad, sad, sad.  That is how I felt when I tried to get a new copy of Milo's Hat Trick a couple of weeks ago.

Milo's Hat Trick is a sure-fire read-aloud hit.  Milo is a terrible magician with a pathetic hat trick.  When the theater manager threatens to fire him, Milo needs to find a way to fix his act -- fast.

The story is full of surprises, including a talking bear who can jump in and out of hats.  The bear's explanation of how he accomplishes that, together with the illustration of him jumping into the hat are hilarious.  The exaggerated pictures support the exaggerated story, especially the final picture that shows Milos' new act without unnecessary explanation.

Now the big question is why, oh why, is it out of print?

Milo's Hat Trick
by Jon Agee
published by Michael Di Capua Books
April 2001

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