Anything but Ordinary Addie: the True Story of Adelaide Hermann, Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff

Reviewed by Amanda K (Library Staff)

“Addie never wanted to be ordinary. Addie wanted to astonish, shock and dazzle.” This is the true story of Addie Herrmann, Queen of Magic, who was everything except average. Addie started her career as a ballerina, but that was just too tame for her. She started performing dazzling tricks on an invention called the boneshaker. She traveled all over and found her way to America. On the boat to America she met her future husband, Herrmann the Great. He was a magician and together they performed astounding acts of magic. The only thing that truly scared Addie was the bullet-catching trick. It was a truly dangerous trick and magicians had been killed doing it. When her husband suddenly died, she knew that the show must go on. To make sure there would be an audience, she had to do something outrageous, she had to do the bullet catching trick. How does it turn out? Read the book and be dazzled.

Anything but Ordinary Addie: the True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff, is an amazing non-fiction picture book for children. This book is wonderfully crafted, with beautiful and unique illustrations. At the end of the book is more information on Addie and a link to find out how the bullet–catching trick is done. Super interesting! I would recommend this book for the ages of 6-9.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J 921 HERRMANN)

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