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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Anton can do Magic
by Ole Konnecke
Age Range: Under_5
Anton has a magic hat and he wants to do some magic. First, he tries to make a tree disappear, but this doesn’t work. Anton thinks perhaps it is too big. A bird is sitting on the branch of the tree so Anton tries some more magic. Pulling his hat down over his eyes he tries to make the bird vanish. When he looks again the bird really has disappeared. Anton is delighted, he can do magic after all. Now, all he has to do is convince his friend Luke that he really can do magic.
This gentle tale by Ole Konnecke has very few words but the evocative cartoon-like pen and ink colour illustrations, set out on an ochra background, are simple and expressive. The reader cannot help but love Anton’s enthusiasm for magic and laugh at his endeavours. Young children will spot why Anton’s hat helps him to do magic and believe that things have disappeared.