It’s a case of magical messing mouse style in this tale of sibling rivalry. Monty is at the end of his tether; his little sister Milli does everything he does. So, when he receives a big box of magic tricks, she wants to be in on the action too. Monty knows that helpers can aid the cause of magic but interference is something else and inevitably, Milli’s interventions become just too much. Some hastily shouted words make his irritating assistant vanish leaving Monty to practice his tricks alone. Teatime comes and with it the realisation that Milli is still missing. Could she really have been turned into a warty toad? All ends harmoniously and what’s more, there’s a nocturnal magical surprise.
In the hardback format, this is perhaps a book to borrow rather than buy, but if the budget allows, I would certainly consider buying it for an early years collection. There is plenty to think about and discuss both about the words and the lively, amusing illustrations that add much to what we are told. Older brothers and sisters will appreciate Monty’s sentiments especially his feelings of frustration.