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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  617 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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
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
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
Catherine  Mustread
From the book's press release: " . . . . in Van Allsburg's hands, even the solid ground of a small town is magical. "Probuditi," pronounced pro-boo-dih-TEE, is a Serbo-Croation word that means 'awaken.'" Loved the surprise twist at the end. And can't seem to get the word out of my mind.
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
Dree Kinder
Probuditi! by Chris Van Allsburg is a book that a lot of kids could relate to. The story is about two boys that go to a magic show, and their imaginations start turning when the return home. A lot of kids can relate to this because if a child experiences something that they look towards, their imagination starts running and they are motivated to become someone or something. In this book, the boys turn the sister into a dog, or so they imagine.

Throughout the plot, the two boys run into events th
Natalee Huguez
Probuditi! is a story about Calving and his experience with his friend Rodney. For Calvin's birthday they go to see Lomax the Magnificent. During the show, Lomax hypnotizes a woman to act like a chicken, and this gives the boys a wild idea. While Mama is out of the house, Calvin and Rodney decide to hypnotize Calvin's little sister, Trudy. The hypnotizing works and Trudy acts like a dog for the entire day. But when they forget the magic word to pull Trudy out of her trance, and Mama is on her wa ...more
In Van Allsburg's hands, all stories become magical. This one is a strange little one, but very satisfying.

It's Calvin's birthday...and besides all his favorite foods for dinner, he recieves tickets to a magic show. He does NOT take his sister, as their mom hints. He takes his best friend Rodney. They watch the famous hypnotist, Lomax the Magnificent and have a great time.

At home, they are to watch Calvin's little sister, Trudy. But they decide they, too, are magnificent and will hypnotize Trud
Martiah Rall
Probuditi! was written in 2006 by Chris Van Allsburg. It is a story about two boys who go to a magic show and decide they want to experiment with the magic they saw the magician do. At home, the boys accidently “hypnotize” the little sister into being a dog and spend the rest of the story trying to snap her out of it. The story deals with brother/sister relationships and a moral behind being a trickster or magician.

The story starts off with the boy not wanting to share his birthday present wit
Peyton Shuckhart
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Chloey Jones
A delightfully entertaining story of a young boy who receives tickets to his favorite magician for his birthday. Thrilled he took his best friend to the show and they came back trying to repeat some of the tricks they observed. Annoyed by his pestering little sister they decided to bring her into his room to see if their hypnotizer worked and when told to be a dog she instantly began acting as one. The boys were blown away their contraption worked until they realized they couldn't bring his sis ...more
Hannah Wolf
In this funny tale a boy named Calvin get tickets to see Lomax the Magnificent on his birthday. He takes his friend Rodney and they are amazed that the Lomax can hypnotize a girl to make her believe she's a chicken! When they get home Rodney makes a contraption to hypnotize Rodney's sister. They can't believe it actually works when his sister starts acting like a dog. Later they realize they can't make her snap out of it even by saying Lomax's magic word "Probuditi" so they take her to the Lomax ...more
In this book, it begins by showing that it is Calvin's birthday. He gets tickets to see Probuditi who is a famous hypnotist and magician. After going to his show, they want to reenact one of his most interesting tricks: using a spiral wheel to hypnotize a person. He goes home and recreates it and ends up hypnotizing his own sister. They go on a bit of an adventure trying to make his sister return to her old self before his mother gets home.
I thought this book was very interesting. This is the f
Lindsay Fischer
Calvin was celebrating his birthday with tickets to a magic show. When Calvin comes home, he has to watch his sister, not his first choice on his birthday. He decides to try to hypnotize his nosey little sister. Calvin and his friend try to remember the magic words, but it is no use because all they say comes out as gibberish. They finally wake her in the nick of time with a loud noise. He gets in trouble and is sent to his room. When his sister comes to bring his dinner, it turns out that he w ...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
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
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
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
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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
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