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  • Published: 1 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9781862306271
  • Imprint: Red Fox Picture Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $12.99

Box of Tricks



A truly magical debut from exciting new author-illustrator Katie Cleminson

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.

  • Published: 1 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9781862306271
  • Imprint: Red Fox Picture Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $12.99

About the author

Katie Cleminson

Katie Cleminson studied Illustration for Children's Publishing at North Wales School of Art; she graduated in 2007 with a First Class Honours degree and her work has been exhibited in London, Poland, Italy, Japan and Korea. Katie lives in England.

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Praise for Box of Tricks

...really knocked my socks off...it's rare to see a picture book so well-executed by a first-time author/illustrator...In summary, I think this is a perfect picture book. The text and illustrations are balanced perfectly, and the story feels fresh.

Alison Morris, Publishers Weekly

Katie Cleminson is a notable new talent in children's picture books, judging by her debut, Box of Tricks.

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

Cleminson draws friendly creatures with a free, confident inky line... and tells a story of few words, but with surprises.

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

The musical rabbits lure you into this explosion of colour and action, as they dance their way across the opening pages. It's largely the contrasts that make this story one to remember. Black, white and grey are used to magical effect when the riot of red and blue is added to the background.

Child Education

Cleminson's illustrations are whimsical, elegant and charming...As an illustrator, Cleminson has a distinctive and wonderful talent.

The Truth About Books

Cleminson won the Best Emerging Illustrator 2009 for this book, and I can understand why! This book really is magical, and the illustrations are superb. The rabbits really do seem to dance across the page! Cleminson uses colour to brilliant effect.

My Child

it *was* completely magic - one of those breathtakingly simple books that you could look at for hours.

View from Nappy Mountain

...a book that clearly signals, and enhances, the power of a child's imagination. An ideal book for 0-4 year olds.

INIS (Ireland)

A beautiful first book from a well deserved Booktrust 2009 Best Emerging Illustrator Award.

Library Mice

A happy story, beautifully and simply illustrated.

Oxford Times

A beautifully illustrated picture book, Box of Tricks utilises an unusual, striking and bold colour palette.

Aldershot News and Mail

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