Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in childrens literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.
For his birthday, Calvins 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 doesnt hesitate to invite his friend Rodney instead.
The boys return home greatly impressed by the magicians performance. When Calvins mother goes out, she leaves him in charge of Trudy. Its a job Calvin dislikes because his sister does not want to be left out of anything. So Calvin and Rodney include her?by making her the first subject for their own hypnotizing machine.
Much to the boys surprise, the machine works. But unfortunately they cannot undo what they have done. Trudy is stuck in her trance, convinced she is a dog?panting, drooling, and barking at squirrels. The only problem is, Calvin cant remember Lomaxs magic word?Probuditi!?so Trudy wont snap out of it!
The boys are worried and decide to take Trudy to the one man they know can solve their problem?but will Lomax help them? Mama is on her way home . . . Who will have the last laugh?