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For his birthday, Calvin’s mother gives him two tickets to see Lomax the Magnificent (magician and hypnotist extraordinaire!). Even though Mama hints that his little sister, Trudy, would love to go, Calvin doesn’t hesitate to invite his friend Rodney instead.

The boys return home greatly impressed by the magician’s performance. When Calvin’s mother goes out, she leaves him...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 30th 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Megumi Shavers
This book is labeled as science fiction and is for children in the age group of P. This book did not win any awards, but this author is has won awards. He is most known for Jumanji and The Polar Express. This book is about two young boys who see a magician and hypnotist extraordinaire for one of the boy's birthday. After they leave the show they think it would be funny if they could hypnotize one of the boy's sister. However, after they do it, they realize that they cannot turn the sister back...more
‘Probuditi!’ by ‘Jumanji’ and ‘The Polar Express’ author Chris Van Allsburg is the story of a boy who goes to see a magician and uses the mind control techniques he witnesses to hypnotise his sister. A race against time subsequently follows as the boy and his friend try to find the magician so they can get the magic word to snap his sister out of her trance before his mother gets home.

The story, set in 1940’s America, does view the period with rose or I should say brown tinted spectacles however...more
Chrissy Muller
This book had such a surprising ending! I would have never guessed how things would finish up! This aspect made me like the book so much! One thing I didn't like, however, was how some of the pages would begin mid-conversation. That took a bit of time to actually figure out what's going on. Although I liked the illustrations, I did not think that some of them really tied in that well with what was going on in the story at that point. This book seemed to be set some time in the past, possibly the...more
Mayra Martinez
This book is about a boy that on his birthday he gets tickets to a show of a magician and hypnotist. Two friends go to the show and are amazed with the show. They decided to build a machine and test it on his sister. They were surprised it worked but they couldn’t get her back to normal. The hypnotist used a word, but they couldn’t remember. They tried many things until they decided to wet her and make noise. His mom found out and got in trouble. At the end the sister went to give him something...more
I love Chris Van Allsburg and we checked out a handful of books from the library last week. This one was new to me.

I don't know what the deal is with me and covers lately, but I didn't like this one either. The title gives you no clue about the content of the story and the picture really doesn't either. The chicken-dancin', garter-showin' lady is kind of funny, but I would have chosen the picture of the magician on the left side of that same page or one of the sister doing dog-like things.

Nancy Mosqueda
Chris Allsburg's "Produditi!" is a fun story detailing the adventures of a boy, his friend, and sister after having hypnotized her. On his birthday, after having been given tickets for a magic show by his mother, the boy decides to hypnotize his annoying sister into believing she is a dog. Throughout the day, he attempts to bring her back to be herr annoying self and so he takes her to the magician, who is gone. In the process, she devours their ice-cream. In the end, he finds out that she truel...more
Catherine Berger
This is a story of a boy Calvin, his friend Rodney, and his little sister Trudy. Calvin is a typical pesky big brother always playing mean tricks on Trudy. For Calvin's birthday his mom gives him two matinee tickets to a magic show which she hints at him to take his sister. He ran to invite his friend before his mom was done talking. The magician hypnotizes a woman in the audience causing her to act like a chicken. Everyone was laughing hysterically. At home, the two boys decide to try some of...more
Shannon Alexander
This book is about a young boy who receives 2 tickets to a magic show for his birthday. His mom hints that he should take his sister with him, because he kind of owes it to her considering how much he pranks and messes with her. The boy takes his best friend instead. At the magic show, the boys witness the magician hypnotizing a woman into acting like a chicken, and then snapping her out of the hypnotic state by saying "Probuditi!" The boys are very impressed with this magic and decide to rig th...more
Jasmine Yanich
This book tells the story of two boys, Calvin and Rodney, who go see a hypnotist on Calvin's birthday and decide that they want to try hypnosis themselves. They make a contraption very similar to the one that the hypnotist had, and end up hypnotizing Calvin's little sister, Trudy. They tell her she is a dog and she ends up acting like a dog. They soon realize that they do not remember the word that is supposed to be said to get rid of the hypnosis. They get Trudy in a wagon and take her to the t...more
Derek Slagle
Probuditi! is a story about two children named Calvin and Rodney. It was Calvin’s birthday and he was givens tickets to go see a hypnotist. After going and seeing people hypnotized the boys wanted to do it at home. They then create similar machine to the one they saw on stage and their contraption actually worked. They hypnotized Calvin’s sister, convincing her that she was a dog. She acted just like a dog but when it was time to get her out of hypnosis, they were unable to because they forgot t...more
This book was about two friends who went to a magic show featuring a hypnotist who then later hypnotized the little sister. The girl thinks she is a dog and starts panting, barking, and chasing squirrels. She walks like a dog and won’t answer her brother when he asks her questions. The walk around town with her acting like a dog, they go look for the hypnotist to change her back but they missed him and they were stuck with her acting like a dog. Right before the mom comes home they splash her wi...more
Stefani Sloma
I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than Bad Day at Riverbend. The illustrations were really, really good. Everything has a brown tint to it which I thought conveyed the time period in which the book is set – 1940s America – really well. I thought the story was really cute. Probuditi! is about a boy who goes to a magic show and then decides to try to hypnotize his sister. I don’t want to give it away, but I absolutely adored the ending. I won’t say I was super surprised with the ending, but I di...more
Samantha Penrose
Cute story.
I withheld a star because hypnotized Trudy is creepy to look at...
I'm a huge Chris Van Allsburg fan. Back in the beginning of my teaching career I created a unit using many of his books. Somewhere along the line I got away from that. I have been planning on reviving that for next year so have been researching. One thing is that I didn't keep up with Van Allsburg's newer books. I've slowly been filling in the holes. This is the last one, I think, I need for my collection. I found it on ebay for $1.00. It is in excellent shape and is a hardback book. Awesome!

Gina Valdes
Probuditi! was definitely an interesting and unexpected story. The first thing that stands out to a reader when they open this book is the artwork. The illustrations are all in sepia tones. This gives the feel that the story took place around the 60’s or 70’s. I think this was perfect for the story, and it would not have had the same mood had the pictures been in full bright colors. I also really enjoyed how every single page was a full bleed. The pictures, rather than the text, are what draw yo...more
A little boy named Calvin watches a magician hypnotize a woman on stage and then he and his friend Rodney decide to hypnotize Rodney's sister, Trudy. They hypnotize her into acting like a dog and doing tricks. At the end of the story, Trudy lets Calvin know through a subtle clue that she was actually playing a joke on them and she wasn't hypnotized at all!

Probuditi is one of my favorite picture books! I love this book for many reasons. I really enjoy seeing how the class reacts to the story. Thr...more
Katelynn Callahan
It is Calvins birthday and for his present his mother gave him two tickets to see the extraordinary Lomax,a world famous magician and hypnotist.Calvin takes his best friend Rodney with him and the two watch in awe when Lomax hypnotizes a woman from the crowd. When Calvin goes home he decides to try and hypnotize his little sister. It seems to work and she becomes a dog. Calvin cannot remember the magic words to switch her back so he tries to find the magician from the show to tell him. After a l...more
Samantha Van
Book Title: Probuditi!
Author and Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

Artistic Media: The Author and Illustrator used both pastel and pencil

Brief Plot Summary: Its Calvin’s birthday and he can’t wait to eat spaghetti and chocolate cake. His mother gave him tickets to a magician and hypnotist show. She asks him to take his sister but he takes his best friend instead. When he gets home from the show his mother asks him to watch his sister while she gets her hair done. Calvin then decides to hypnotize hi...more
Jonathan Ryal
Probuditi is a great story that both girls and boys can get into. The artwork is so well done that you could almost follow the entire story with reading a word. It is about a young boy, his birthday, and some mischief he gets into. For Calvin’s birthday, his mother gets him two tickets to a magician and hypnotist. After the show, Calvin and his friend Rodney decided to try and hypnotize his little sister into think she is a dog, which seems to work. They spend the afternoon having her perform ta...more
Beth Ambri
Probuditi is about a young boy who receives tickets to a magic show on his birthday. He takes his best friend to the show where they see the magician hypnotize people. They return home and have to watch the boy's younger sister as his mother goes out. They decide to build a machine of their own and hypnotize the little girl into believing she is a dog. At first its fun, but they forget the magic word to bring her back to normal (probuditi). The boys are forced to pour cold water on the girl righ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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From the Coldecott Medal-winning author of such beloved storybooks as JUMANJI and THE POLAR EXPRESS comes another whimsical story in the form of PROBUDITI! With beautiful illustrations and a premise that any child will love, this is another storybook that's sure to please.

When Calvin receives two tickets to see Lomax the Magnificent, a famous magician and hypnotist, for his birthday, he knows just who he'll take with him--and it's not Trudy, his little...more
Karina Arroyo
This book i found to be really funny. It is about a boy whos birthday is today and he is a bit mischieve as he finds himself getting introuble for playing pranks on his younger sister. His mother tells him that because it is his birthday does not mean that he will be getting away with things. His mother then gives him two tickets to a magician show. He does not think twice and right away invites his friend Rodney. Both Rodney and Calvin return from the magic show in amazement and wish to learn h...more
Van Allsburg, Chris. (2006). Probuditi! Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Literary Genre: Fiction (Picture Story Book)

Calvin’s birthday gift is tickets for him and a friend to go see “Lomax the Magnificent, the world-famous magician and hypnotist”. After the performance, Calvin and his friend decide to do some hypnotizing of their own and shortly after Calvin’s little sister Trudy is barking, whining, panting, and walking on all fours like a dog. The real magic of this story is the humorous eve...more
Anyone who picks up this book will probably notice first thing the marvelous, looming artwork of Chris Van Allsburg. That has always been a trademark of his picture books, in none more clearly than in Probuditi!

This story is one of belief and disbelief freely interacting, asking the reader to make decisions as to what is real and what is a facade; what one chooses to believe and what one chooses to disregard will have an important impact on how one views the narrative.

Watch carefully, and im...more
Ashley Bell
The book, Probuditi!, by Chris Van Allsburg, is a very cute adventure book. Its all bout how a little boy, Calvin, hypnotized his little sister, Trudy after seeing a magic show on his birthday. Calvin and his best friend Rodney made a hypnotizing machine and told calvin's sister to be a dog. She immediately started to run around barking like a dog. The two boys tried everything to get Trudy back to acting like a little girl including, snapping their fingers and even try to go find the magician w...more
**Used during story time at the elementary school library I volunteer with: Second Graders.

It's really hard to find a book that captures every second grader's attention, but this book seriously had them all HYPNOTIZED! (Which is great, because the book is about a young boy who hypnotizes his sister to act like a dog). Seriously, there was barely a peep out of any of the kids while I read this one outloud! They loved (and laughed at) all the pictures, and had fun laughing at me while I tried to p...more
This book Probuditi! by Chris Van Allsburg was pretty fun to read,but the ending would throw readers off whether or not his sister was hypnotized or not. It was Calvin's birthday, he goes off to invite his friend Rodney to go see the magician show. He comes home with his friend and ends up having to watch his sister while his mom goes out. They hypnotized her int a dog and the story goes on to find a solution to snap her out of it. They didn't find one, but there's no saying if she really was hy...more
Jenna Cohen
This is the second book I read for my author study. What an enjoyable book!

The illustrations are in a sepia tone and give the book an "old" feel. The book is also rather large, and it is shaped like a portrait. On every spread, there is text in the top left, and the rest of the page, along with the right page, is all illustration. You could probably read this book by just reading the pictures! That is one way I think it could be used in curriculum; when children are taught to "read pictures" an...more
I've always found Van Allsburg's art somewhat disturbing for children's books. I'm so used to kids' books with the bight saturated colors and the nonthreatening pictures of people and animals. So when I see Van Allburg's pictures with their sepia tones and vaguely sinister looking people I am somewhat put off.

The story of Probuditi is actually unobjectionable. It is the story of a young boy who tries to hypnotize his sister and the sister who turns the tables. But there is one picture of the li...more
The first time I have read a book where the title was designed to be forgotten. While the title may be intentionally elusive, the charm of the story is not. Van Allsburg has set among a black family a universal tale of sibling rivalry. Though simply told, the illustrations contain his usual magic of capturing big moments but understating them at the same time. The illustrations are done in browns and tans which convey how the kids see their world while also giving the book an instant feeling of...more
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Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg. His sister Karen was born in 1947.

Chris’s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream. It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk (and made the ot...more
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