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“The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician” by Matthew Porter


The evil ways of Milton the Magnificent captured my six-year-old’s attention from the very first pages of The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician: A Monkey World Adventure by Seattle author, Matthew Porter. “Why is that monkey so mean?” my daughter kept asking. It was a one word answer: jealously.

Our hero, Oscar the Magician, is thrilled to discover that he’s been nominated for Magician of the Year. But his nemesis, Milton, has other plans.

Would Oscar be hurt? Would he lose out on his chance to win? Would he be thrown in jail forever for a crime he didn’t commit? This is a picture book with a lot of tension, and just the right amount of emotional “stress” for kids to handle. Spoiler alert: Oscar never gets hurt, no matter how dastardly Milton becomes. 😉

My daughter and I both enjoyed the beautiful illustrations which were full of detail and color. This book made for a wonderful bedtime read. Thank you to Sasquatch Books for sending us a free copy in exchange for our review.