Hercules Quick’s Big Bag of Tricks
A & U Children’s, 2023
224pp., pbk., RRP $A19.99
One day while out shopping with his Aunt Alligator, Hercules Quick spies a magic box in a shop window, one that he knows he would love to own. And while he is dismayed that he not only doesn’t have any money of his own in his piggy bank, he doesn’t even have a piggy bank, he is not daunted. He gets out his paints and makes a sign offering to do jobs for his neighbours for 10c a task. He explains to Aunt Alligator that 10 cents a day will be a dollar in 10 days and that’s $310 in 10 months – surely enough to buy the magic box.
But quirky neighbours mean quirky jobs and he has to work hard to earn his money. Will he reach his target? And will he still want the magic box if he does?
In this compendium comprising the first two stories in the series, Ask Hercules Quick and The Magnificent Hercules Quick as well as a new story, younger, independent readers can enjoy meeting this little lad who is much like them and consider its message about saving and savouring the anticipation of waiting, rather than the more prevalent one-click, instant gratification society we seems to have moved to. It also includes instructions for some of Hercules’s magic tricks for those who have a hankering to try.
Something whimsical and fun for a winter’s afternoon.