Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magicby Mara Rockliff, Iacopo Bruno Published 12 Apr 2016
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Be astonished and dazzled by the true story of Adelaide Herrmann, the 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! From the creators of Mesmerized, this rollicking romp tells the true story of one fearless magician’s rise to glory, featuring exquisitely lavish illustrations by Iacopo Bruno. 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.
"Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic" Reviews
Amazing. the 3D cutout effect is really, well, effective. Gorgeous, lush illustrations make each page a visual delicacy. And can I tell you how much it pisses me off that a woman who was that famous in her time was completely ignored by history? Thank goodness her memoir was kept safe all those years!!
I loved this book! The text was begging to be read aloud, so I read it to my dog. Great illustration style.
2017 Amelia Bloomer Project
I do not know what is more engrossing: the story, or the illustrations. The two come together to make the perfect book about a little known historical figure. Adelaide Herrman was known as the Queen of Magic. She never wanted to be ordinary, and was always up to something new. She dared do things others didn’t. She became the first famous female magician and traveled the world. Read Addie’s story for yourself. It’s magic.
Fascinating story! Magic is a topic that intrigues so many readers, I think this one will pull them in for sure! Great to use to explore character traits, as well.
I found the story fascinating and the illustrations awesome. Their bold color and style perfectly suited the subject matter. A great read!