The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician A Monkey World Adventure by Matthew Porter


The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician A Monkey World Adventure by Matthew Porter

Matthew Porter is one of the most creative and well-loved children's book illustrators working in Seattle known for his hip and colourful Monkey World characters. This new story follows the competition between Oscar the Magician and Milton the Magnificent to see who will be crowned the greatest magician in the world. When Magic Monthly magazine nominates both Oscar the Magician and Milton the Magnificent for the title of Magician of the Year, a ruthless game of monkey vs. monkey ensues. But Milton's hunger for fame pushes him to resort to devious methods. And it looks like Oscar is going to fall victim to some dirty tricks. Enter Matthew Porter's colourful and crazy Monkey World, where anything can and does happen.


Porter's characters from The Thunderbolt Express (2013) return in this tale of monkey mystery and malfeasance. The current tale parallels the previous in that this too includes a crocodile-infested river (well, a jazz band of crocodiles). Back too are Porter's big-eyed monkeys in their spiffy suits and disguises featured in brightly colored, full-bleed illustrations painted on pine. A fine first caper for budding fans of mystery, monkeys, or magic.

About the Author

Matthew Porter is a children's book illustrator and writer. He has published six books. Matthew and his wife Andrea owned Bluebottle Art Gallery in Seattle from 2002 to 2010 to highlight his famous Monkey World paintings. The gallery built a reputation for being at the forefront of the DIY indie art, craft, and design movement. His artwork is sold on Etsy and at galleries and shops around the country. Matthew grew up in a village in East Sussex, England, and now lives in Seattle. Find out more at

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32 pages
Interest Age: Aged 3 to 7


Matthew Porter
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Publication date

24th September 2015



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