Kid’s Book Review: A Tricky Kind of Magic

Kid’s Book Review: A Tricky Kind of Magic

About the Book and Author

Cooper is brilliant at magic tricks. Card tricks, clever illusions – he can do them all. His dad, also known as the Great Eduardo, taught him the tricks of the magical trade before he passed away. But the one thing Cooper can’t do is see his dad again.

So when a talking rabbit appears from his dad’s top hat, and reveals there is a place where Cooper might find him, he jumps at the chance. Magic is about believing the impossible, after all. And Cooper desperately wants to believe that he can see his dad once more.

But what – and who – is waiting for them in the land where magic goes wrong?

Nigel Baines

Nigel Baines is an experienced illustrator and book designer who has worked for various trade publishing houses. He is a keen walker and would like to spend half the year living on top of the Andes. His other great loves are Grantham Town Football Club and any kind of travel.

Book Review

I quite like the comic book style of writing because it's adventurous and different to what I usually read

A Tricky Kind of Magic is a very interesting book and it made me laugh. The main character’s name is Cooper and his main companion is a rabbit. I like them both. There are other good characters like Finn, Cooper’s brother. There are lots of twists and turns in this funny tale. Cooper is intelligent and the thing he loves to do most is magic tricks. Sadly Cooper’s Dad passed away and Cooper really wants to bring his Dad back to life with magic.

Along the way he faces challenges though. Cooper is a very determined boy. The ending is happy as Cooper realises that his Dad isn’t entirely lost and will remain in his heart forever.

I quite like the comic book style of writing because it’s adventurous and different to what I usually read. I really like the black and white illustrations because they are imaginative, detailed and sometimes funny.

I might like to read more of Nigel Baines’ books in the future and I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and especially fans of comic books.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Oscar
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: Apples, football and chess
  • Dislikes: Broccoli and spiders
  • Favourite Book: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • Favourite Song: Fields of Gold by Sting
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets