The Children's Book Compass

Hocus Pocus

Posted on: August 24, 2011

Hocus Pocus by Sylvie Derosiers.  Illus. by Remy Simard.  (2011). Pages not numbered.  Kids Can Press.  Grades Preschool – 2.  Picture Book.

A blue rabbit pops out of a magic top hat while a magician and his dog nap.  Bright illustrations in this almost wordless book tell the story of how the rabbit tries to get a carrot and avoid the awakened dog.  The antics of the rabbit in besting the dog are action packed.  All the while the magician is clueless because earphones on, he is snoozing and listening to his I-Pod.  The varied lay-out of the pages provides interest.  Some illustrations are full-page, others have six frames on a page.  The carefully detailed illustrations seem to move.  The only words included are those that imitate the sounds of the actions: pop, splash, sniff, splatt.  Children will want to tell this story themselves as they “read” the pictures.

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