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Box of Tricks

Written by Katie Cleminson

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Winner of Best Emerging Illustrator Award, Early Year Awards 2009


A truly magical debut from author/illustrator Katie Cleminson.  When Eva is given a box of tricks for her birthday she becomes a master magician. Conjuring up the best animal musicians, party food and a very friendly polar bear, Eva has a an absolute ball with her new found talent.

And something from the publisher too:

Katie Cleminson’s books are very special things. They burst with wholly original, joyful artwork and stories that celebrate the magic of children’s lives, sparking their imaginations.

Her debut picture book, Box of Tricks, uses colour in a bold, inventive way, grabbing children and adults alike and taking them on a journey to meet Eva – the girl who becomes a master magician, conjuring extraordinary delights out of her special box, including one incredibly adorable polar bear. A celebration of creativity and imaginative play, Box of Tricks was followed by Wake Up! – the story of one boy’s day, accompanied by some furry friends who show that maybe animals and people aren’t so different after all. This fun rhythmic read-aloud has lots for children to recognize and relate to. And we have more magic to come from Katie: watch out for her new book, Otto the Book Bear. It has high adventure, a tiny bear and a passion for books!

Katie Cleminson creates worlds that children love to dive into; there’s so much to share, discover and be inspired by in them - we can’t wait to see what’s next!


Box of Tricks Synopsis

For her birthday, Eva is given a very special present - a box of tricks! She soon discovers that she is a master magician and for her first trick conjures up a rather large pet from within... Monty the polar bear. With her new friend she produces rabbits from hats, and a magical party with delicious food, the best musicians and lots of dancing. But when her guests finally begin to tire, Eva clicks her fingers and everything vanishes... Well not quite everything.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781862306271
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Publisher: Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780224083447
Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780224083447
Publication date: 7th May 2009
Author: Katie Cleminson
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Katie Cleminson

Selected as a Booktrust Best New Illustrator of 2011. Katie gained her foundation diploma in Art and Design at Falmouth College. She went on to study Illustration for Children's Publishing at the North Wales School of Art, where she graduated with a First in the summer of 2007.Katie works with inks, charcoal and Photoshop and loves the work of Lane Smith and Jackson Pollack. She's drawn to nostalgic items like gramophones, typewriters, pipes and bowler hats, which sometimes turn up in her work. Katie was chosen as one of the Booktrust Best New Illlustrators of 2011.

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