BOOK CLUB: Tricky Nick

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Tricky Nick by Nicholas J. Johnson (aka Tricky Nick) is a delightful book all about magic. I asked my 12-year-old and 10-year-old to read it. Here’s what they said:

Mr 12:

I liked the books. The storyline was very throughout and extremely interesting. The assortment of tricks shown in the book were very helpful (if not very hard) and I liked the side notes on the bottom of the page – they illustrated it very well. 

I recommend this book for kids around 10 years old. It is truly inspiring and reading it is sure to bud the magician’s talent in younger readers.

4 stars!

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Miss 10:

This book was amazing. I definitely recommend it for 10 up to 13 years old. I love how the story goes into depth – it almost feels like you’re living the story. The magic tricks inside are spectacular. 

I would definitely read this again, it really inspired me to want to do magic. It was definitely a coincidence that his first magic trick was when he was ten, my age. Nick is definitely an unusual and pretty funny character.

I would this book 4 and 3/4s out of 5!

ISBN: 9781760787363 / Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading Tricky Nick with their children. You can read their reviews in the comments section below, or add your own!

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Tricky Nick

  1. A completely true not at all made up story by the greatest magician in the world.
    What a great read! I read this with my 6 year old great niece who is a magician in the making and she loved it. There are magic tricks to try and we had a fun time trying them out while reading the book.
    This is an adventure story told through and with magic tricks. There are goodies and baddies, time travel and life with the young magicians family – his mum who is a librarian and his dad who is a geologist and unbelievably they are completely unaware of their ‘talented’ magician son. The writing style is perfect for young readers and I know this book will be a source material for magic tricks for a long time. There are already dog ear marks on many pages. I loved Trixie the magical mystery girl who is the friend we all need.

  2. In my 8yo daughter’s words:
    This book is definitively great for kids who love magic and want to learn more tricks. I also really like that the author was a magician and used himself as a character. My favourite magic trick from the book was the jumping hair tie (which I practiced). The book had lots of funny parts that i really enjoyed. The ending is really cool but I won’t give it away. The back of the book explains how the book is a magic trick and the magic trick really works!

  3. In the words of my 7yr son.. this book rocks. He is into all things magic and Guiness Books of Records at the moment.

    He just finished this chapter book tonight. It has nice short chapters with large text. We have been reading two chapters per night.

    He loves that it’s about a real magician. Lots of humour and funny parts. Lots of tricks that will inspire your children in creative ways.

    The ending is great finish to the book. I will be looking at more books by the author as it’s well written and perfect for kids starting chapter books.

    Highly recommend, going to purchase for my nephew for Christmas.

  4. Thanks Beauty and Lace for giving us the opportunity to read this book. The following review was written by my twelve year old daughter –

    Tricky Nick, A completely true not at all made up story by the greatest magician in the world…

    What an awesome book!
    I absolutely loved it, the twists & turns and unexpected events made it even more exciting. The book was really thought out and has an awesome storyline. The ending was really cool and finished off the book really well.

    5 STARS! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

  5. The writing style in this book is fantastic- it grabs you straight away and amuses young and old.
    I read this with my 9 year old daughter (and have now passed it on to my 13 year old nephew to enjoy).
    We loved the magic tricks and adventures Nick went on.
    A great, fun and easy to read book. Thanks to Beauty and Lace, Pan Macmillan and Nicholas J. Johnson for the chance to read it.

  6. Tricky Nick by real life magician Nicholas J Johnson is a clever and funny story with a mix of fact and fiction. It was a bit too wordy for Master 9 but he really enjoyed the magic tricks. This is a book that will be referred to often.
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for my copy for review.

  7. Thank you Beauty & Lace and Pan MacMillian for the opportunity to review ‘Tricky Nick’ by Nicholas Johnson.

    Miss 10 literally turned 10 the week she read this book and for her birthday was given a magic set. As said by Miss 10: I really liked the character Trixie and lots of adventures which was really funny and easy to read and especially loved the last bit which I won’t say as I don’t want to be a spoiler.
    I have been doing the magic tricks and can’t wait for my younger sister to read this too. Thank you, I really recommend this great, happy book!

  8. My 10 year old daughter completely loved the book. She read it in 2 days! Its unlike her to finish a book that fast! She absolutely loved all the magic tricks in it. It inspired her to try out magic tricks on the whole family and kept her entertained for hours well after reading the book. Love that it encouraged her free play time as well. The book was very funny as well and moved at a fast pace that keeps little readers interested well past short attention spans! Will be looking out for other books by Nicholas Johnson as Christmas presents!

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