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Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic

Some girls are perfectly happy never doing anything out of the ordinary. But Addie was anything but ordinary. She longed for thrills and excitement! At a time when a young lady appearing onstage was considered most unusual, Addie defied convention and became a dancer. And when she married the world-famous magician Herrmann the Great, she knew she had to be part of his show. Addie wanted to shock and dazzle! She would do anything to draw the crowds, even agree to be shot out of a cannon.

But when Herrmann the Great died, Addie couldn't disappoint her loyal fans -- the show had to go on. What could she do? She would perform the show all by herself! This rollicking romp tells the true story of one fearless magician's rise to glory. Extensive back matter, including instructions for performing one of Addie's original tricks, makes this a dazzling celebration of one of the first female conjurers in show business.

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"Rockliff tells Addie's story with panache, the words bouncing across the page, with varying sizes and typefaces to highlight and emphasize important ideas. Bruno's pencil and digitally colored illustrations are a homage to another time, with individuals and scenes made to look like cutout paper dolls and layered onto backgrounds. A detailed author's note provides further details about Herrmann's life and story, which was lost to the world for a long time. Picture book biographies about groundbreaking women are always welcome, and this one is sure to please readers, young and old." — Jody Kopple, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Mara Rockliff
Illustrator Iacopo Bruno
ISBN 0763668419
Publication Date Apr 12, 2016
Publisher Candlewick
Language English