In Édouard Manceau’s Presto Change-o: Book of Animal Magic, nothing is quite what it seems. Clever designs on each page contain rotating parts, and every illustration can be transformed from an ordinary object to a playful animal. For example, take a gander at an innocent flower. Just a flower, right? Wrong. It’s a lion in disguise! But don’t worry; this lion has a big heart.
Manceau’s simple shape-illustrations and bright, basic colors let you and your little one focus on the magic at hand. And your child’s hands will be busy with the pivoting parts. Active hands make for active minds. They’ll have all sorts of fun, transforming pots to raccoons, and practicing their dexterity.
All of these dynamic illustrations are accompanied by clever text. The rhymes almost sound like magic spells, and the sweet verses are riddle-esque. Once the animal is revealed, your child can easily guess how the rhymes end, letting them engage in the text as well as the bold illustrations.
You’ll lose track of the time with this highly engaging book. Well, you might only lose your clock. Because … presto change-o! Now your clock is an owl. HOOdini’s done it again.