The Wonder Brothers
Illustrated by Steven LentonAges 9 to 11
'A writer of comic genius - he has something of Roald Dahl's magic, but more heart' - Sunday Telegraph
No matter how big the show – family, friendship and adventure shine through in The Wonder Brothers by multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, illustrated throughout by Steven Lenton.
Cousins Middy and Nathan love magic. The on-stage, cape-swirling, bunny-out-of-a-hat kind.
For Middy, it’s all about patience and practice. She uses magic skills to help her out of tricky situations.
Nathan is a show-off and a total danger magnet, he is drawn to the sensation, spectacle and audience.
So when the famous Blackpool Tower dramatically vanishes the night of the Grand Lights Switch-On, showman Nathan announces live on TV that they will magic it back home.
With a stick of rock, a spangly cape, and a bit of misdirection, they end up lost in Las Vegas, home to the grand master of illusion, Perplexion, ‘Legend of Magic’.
Full of tricks, twists and deceptions, the delightful Nathan and Middy will keep you guessing until the very end.
This book is funny, surprising and full of the wisdom behind the principles of conjuring, including misdirection, secret-keeping, awakening love and hope in the audience. It’s so ingenious and entertaining it makes you wonder how on earth Frank Cottrell-Boyce does it.
The Sunday Times
The Wonder Brothers is comedy gold . . . Cottrell-Boyce is an enchanter himself, and any story by him is guaranteed to get 9+ readers feverishly turning the pages.
The New Statesman
The glittering lights of Blackpool provide the backdrop for this exuberant bucket-full of fun . . . A wonder indeed, with a brilliant ringmaster controlling the action.
The Daily Mail