February 20, 2017

Queen of magic

Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic
by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Most books about magic rarely mention women, unless they are married to a magician or is a magician's assistant. So it's refreshing to see a picture book biography of a female magician, especially one as astonishing, shocking, and dazzling as Adelaide Hermann. Those three words are often used to describe Adelaide's extraordinary adventures. She knew exactly what she wanted to do and set out to do it, despite what anyone thought. 

Her vibrant life is expertly showcased in this book, with strong, active prose and eye-catching pictures. Endnotes provide more detail and describe how the author uncovered Adelaide's story.

A very attractive book.

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