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Hee-Haw-Dini and the Great Zambini Hardcover – April 1, 2009

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On a farm, best friends Hee-Haw and Chester, a donkey and a mouse, dream of becoming magicians like the Great Zambini. Despite being the subject of ridicule by all the other animals, the pair practice their tricks anyway. When a circus train passes through town and the great magician’s trunk falls off the train, the donkey and mouse put the props to good use. In disguise, they assume new names—Hee-Haw-Dini and Zaba Zaba the Magnificent—create flashy posters, and present a magic show at the barn. They perform their amazing feats, much to the surprise and delight of the other critters, and are invited to join the Great Zambini’s act. The plot stretches credulity, but magic is a perennially hot topic for children. On a deeper level, the subtle themes of the power of advertising and the gullibility of the public make this one worth sharing. The vibrant acrylics with cheerful, cartoon-like characters provide added appeal. Grades K-3. --Patricia Austin

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Kim Kennedy and her brother Doug Kennedy have collaborated on several book projects. Publishers Weekly said the Kennedys “create fantasy situations that evoke 19th-century fairy stories . . . [and the] paintings have the spirit of early animation with a touch of Oz.” They live in Monroe, Louisiana.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Library Binding edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810970252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810970250
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
When I was younger I liked magic. I still kinda do. Really, what's cooler than walking through walls and flying, all while wearing heavily bedazzled leisurewear? Siegfried and Roy will tell you: not a thing. Kids like magic too. In Hee-Haw-Dini and the Great Zambini Kim and Doug Kennedy (Pirate Pete) take that enjoyment of illusion, toss in a bit of an "exceeding expectations" element, and make an entertaining little story that will work well for read aloud time.

Hee-Haw (a donkey) and his friend Chester (a mouse) love magic. Despite the naysaying of the other farm animals, the duo practice their skills with dreams of being famous magicians, like their idol the Great Zambini. When a passing train leaves Zambini's magic trunk in their possession, Chester and Hee-Haw decide to disguise their identities and put on a show for the farm. Falling for their costumes, the other animals are astounded by the amazing "Hee-Haw-Dini" and "Zaba Zaba". When the pair reveal their identities and are visited by a surprise guest (hint: his name is in the title), everyone is left picking up their jaws.

At a certain point, every kid gets tired of being told what he/she can or cannot do. Hee-Haw-Dini incorporates that common childhood feeling nicely, as Hee-Haw and Chester prove that they can stun an audience with their skills. This theme should strike a chord with young readers who are used to hearing "you can't do that".

The acrylic illustrations have a soft, sunny quality that match well with the lighthearted text. Every color of the rainbow is used, adding richness to the proceedings

A cheerful tale with a storyline that will appeal to youngsters, Hee-Haw-Dini and the Great Zambini may not be a title that becomes a favorite, but it will definitely be liked.
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By Mom of 2 Boys on June 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My boys, ages 2 and 4, love this one!!! Hee Haw Dini and Zaba Zaba have inspired them to perform their own magic tricks at home (although they could probably use a little help from the Great Zambini :) The encouraging lesson of the book--follow your dreams, work hard, and your dreams will come true--is told in a humorous way that keeps the kids engaged. The illustrations are beautiful and have a timeless, classic quality to them.
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By Day P on January 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter loves this book. I chose this book simply because the illustration was great and we own all the "Pirate Pete" books by the same Author and Illustrator. But, the story turned out really good and my 3 y.o. daughter loves it. Before we found this one, her favorites were all the Pirate Pete stories. These will be kept for her lifetime and I hope she will read them to her child, if/when she has any. A high quality book.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is all about pleasing the kids. I found it burdensome to read, but my daughter found it wildly entertaining and I think she'll be adopting some of the phrases soon. haha I would recommend this book.
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By S. Cassidy on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My kids, 5 and 2.5, love this book. The story captures their attention again and again and I love the "believe in your dreams" theme. The illustrations are bright and vivid and keep my girls wide-eyed to the end. We have become big fans of this this author/illustrator team and loved their Pirate Pete books so much, we had to check out Hee Haw.
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