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Children's Fiction Rabbits

Hocus Pocus Takes the Train

by (author) Sylvie Desrosiers

illustrated by Remy Simard

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2013
Rabbits, Humorous Stories, General
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
3 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2013
    List Price

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As this hilarious and virtually wordless graphic novel begins, Hocus Pocus, a rabbit who lives inside a magician's hat, is about to board a train when he's surprised to spy another rabbit nearby. Though he's disappointed when he realizes it's actually only a stuffed rabbit (which clever young readers will know all along!), Hocus Pocus soon comes to understand it's a treasured toy that has been accidentally left behind by a small child, and he quickly jumps into action to try and reunite the two. Unfortunately, what should be an easy mission for the speedy rabbit turns out to be anything but, as his menacing nemesis, the magician's dog, attempts to thwart the would-be hero at every turn. Can Hocus Pocus's wits and perseverance prevail against the dog's superior size and strength and ultimately save the day?

Award-winning author Sylvie Desrosiers has crafted a fun adventure for the endearing and energetic Hocus Pocus. And with no words (even the thought bubbles contain illustrations), the retro, animation-style images by comic artist Rémy Simard tell the whole action-packed tale. Reminiscent of classic cartoons, there are mini cliffhangers on each spread, keeping the story briskly moving along at a perfect pace for young children. This book will have huge appeal for pre-readers or reluctant readers, who will love being able to “read” it all the way through on their own, just by looking at the pictures. This visually entertaining no-words story provides an excellent first step toward reading.

About the authors

Sylvie Desrosiers is an award-winning Quebec children author. She has written more than forty French language books, including young adults novels and chapter books. Her picture book Les trois lieues won the 2008 Governor General's Award for Children Text (French). Sylvie lives in Longueuil, Quebec.

Sylvie Desrosiers' profile page


RÉMY SIMARD est une figure importante du monde québécois de l’édition. Il est à la fois bédéiste, illustrateur et auteur d’albums et de romans pour la jeunesse. Il a aussi dirigé une maison d’édition consacrée à la bande dessinée avant de travailler comme directeur de collection jeunesse. Rémy vit à Montréal, au Québec.


Rémy Simard has illustrated many books for children. He is also the author of a series of graphic novels which is being adapted for television. Rémy has been shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award and is well known and regarded for his comic style. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.


Remy Simard's profile page


  • Short-listed, Dragon Award, Joe Shuster Award

Editorial Reviews

This amusing adventure is perfect for children who are just starting to follow linear narratives. Here's hoping we see more of Hocus Pocus and his friends in future volumes.—Quill & Quire

Hocus Pocus and the canine portray the archetypical hero and villain in this endearing, fast-paced tale. This is an excellent purchase for libraries wanting to acquire more graphic-novel-style books for younger readers.—School Library Journal

A taut, high-speed escapade even very young viewers can keep up with.—Kirkus Reviews

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