Milo the Magnificent isn't really magnificent at all. His card trick is helpless. His rope trick is a mess. So the theater manager offers him one last chance: Milo needs to pull a rabbit out of his hat at the following efficiency - otherwise. With carrot, string, as well as stick, Milo go to the woods in search of a rabbit. Instead he captures a bear, an extremely brilliant bear, whose mind-blowing hat trick simply might save Milo's magic act.Milo the magician is a mess. Not just does he mishandle his card methods as well as tangle his rope methods, but he can't even take care of the old standby: drawing a rabbit from a hat. Stimulated on by his manager's fury, Milo goings of the city to locate himself a rabbit. Dangling a carrot over his stovepipe hat, our magnificent magician catches ... a bear. Below is where his good luck turns. As it occurs, this certain bear is proficient at delving into hats: "You simply claim your bones are made of rubber," he says. "It's a secret I picked up from a rabbit." Returning to the city, (after a brief mix-up on the subway), both promptly become a smash sensation. But after appearing as well as out of 762 hats, the bear is positively pooed. Can Milo continue without his rubber-boned pal?
Jon Agee illustrates his eccentric tale with strange yet fantastic illustrations of blank-eyed, big-nosed, redheaded Milo in too-short pants, as well as the not so serious, hat-hopping bear. Perfect funny timing as well as a nutty plot guarantee that readers of any ages will certainly adore this tale of a misfit's triumph. (Ages 3 to 8) -- Emilie Coulter