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|Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers|
Author: Bosch, Pseudonymous
Eight-year-old aspiring magician Oliver and his rabbit sidekick Benny must solve a mysterious robbery to save their act.
Unbelievable Oliver, 1
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2019 Bosch raises the curtain on a new series, which features a third-grader with a yen to be a magician, who uncovers a mystery alongside his first paid gig. Despite some quick instruction from Benny, a wisecracking rabbit living in a magic shop’s old top hat, Oliver’s inexpert debut before his classmates seems headed for disaster—until rich and thoroughly spoiled Maddox accuses Benny of stealing his birthday present, a robotic kitty. With just 13 minutes until Maddox’s mom calls their parents, Oliver and his friends split up to interview suspects and gather clues. Ultimately, a simple card trick provides both the insight that allows Oliver to put the bits together and the pretext for a dramatic denouement that he delivers from the stage to enthusiastic applause. The author pulls out a late twist, slips in line drawings (some partly in color) on almost every page, and, for a final flourish, closes with a description of the trick and suggestions for patter. No abracadabra needed to make this disappear from the shelves. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.