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Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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For his birthday, Calvin’s mother gives him two tickets to see Lomax the Magnificent (magician and hypnotist extraordinaire!). Even though Mama hints that his little sister, Trudy, would love to go, Calvin doesn’t hesitate to invite his friend Rodney instead.

The boys return home greatly impressed by the magician’s performance. When Calvin’s mother goes out, she leaves him in charge of Trudy. It’s a job Calvin dislikes because his sister does not want to be left out of anything. So Calvin and Rodney include her—by making her the first subject for their own hypnotizing machine.

Much to the boys’ surprise, the machine works. But unfortunately they cannot undo what they have done. Trudy is stuck in her trance, convinced she is a dog—panting, drooling, and barking at squirrels. The only problem is, Calvin can’t remember Lomax’s magic word—Probuditi!—so Trudy won’t snap out of it!

The boys are worried and decide to take Trudy to the one man they know can solve their problem—but will Lomax help them? Mama is on her way home . . . Who will have the last laugh?

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Cute story, awesome artwork. - Goodreads
Throughout the plot, the two boys run into events th - Goodreads
Really remarkable pictures!!! - Goodreads
But the ending, when you find out she was faking it th - Goodreads
The pictures are beautiful and entertaining. - Goodreads
The illustrations were really, really good. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Michelle Wilkes - Goodreads

I picked Probuditi! because the illustrations looked so familiar. Little did I know Chris Van Allsburg also wrote The Polar Express and Jumanji! I love how this book captivates you from the beginning and has such a surprise ending, like all of his books. Read full review

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User Review  - Marti - Goodreads

We checked this out of the local library a few days ago and I have already read it more than 20 times to my 2 year old. He loves it! The pictures are beautiful and entertaining. And the story is just ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

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