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This review is written by my eldest daughter (age 6). It may contain spoilers.
If you like the A to Z Mysteries series, you will like the Calendar Mysteries series. The younger siblings of Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose (from the A to Z Mysteries) are in this book (one is a cousin because Dink didn't have a brother or sister.) In “May Magic” Brian wants ducks to pick their feathers to make pillows. His mother pretended to get hypnotized so that he could get ducks. In fact she acted like a duck. He thought he now could get ducks to make pillows but it was just a joke. It was fun when they found out that it was a joke. I liked it a lot. I didn't like it when Bradley wanted to start making pillows but he didn't know how to sew. There was no reason to get ducks to make pillows when he couldn't sew.
Brian wants to raise ducks, but in order to convince his mom to let him do so, he thinks he needs to get her hypnotized. Hypo the hypnotist is coming to town. He and his friends, Nate and Lucy, encourge his mom, Pamela Pinto, to go on up stage to be hypnotized. The main point is to hypnotize her so that she will let him raise ducks.
But will it work? Will the hypnosis work? Will she indeed let him raise ducks? Brian gets a lot more than he bargained for. You do not want to miss this book and find out what happened next.
These calender mystery books feature twins Brian and Bradley (younger brothers of Josh), Nate (younger brother of Ruth Rose), and Lucy (younger cousin of Dink). And in case you're wondering who Josh, Ruth Rose, and Dink are, they are the main characters of the A-Z mysteries.
These books have a certain warmth and coziness to them. I have read all of the A-Z mysteries, and I love those three main characters. In those books, the reader is introduced to the younger siblings.
I love these kids, and they seem like family to me. These are some great books, folks.
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2012
Funny story! Number 5 in the series Calendar Mysteries, I found this to be well-written, interesting, with ample illustrations, dialog and varied text. Hypo the Magician is coming to town, and six-year-old Brian, Mrs. Pinto's son, wants his mom to go and get hypnotized. His ulterior motive is to have her influenced to like ducks, so she will agree to let Brian raise ducks so he can make and sell pillows. During the show, Mrs. Pinto gets changed into a duck, and when she is transformed back to her mom self, she remains duck-like which sends Brian into a panic. The surprise ending is nicely done. I will definitely recommend more of Ron Roy's books to my young readers!