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Author Chris Van Allsburg
Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
Country United States
Genre Children's, Fantasy novel
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Preceded by Zathura
Followed by Queen Of The Falls

Probuditi! is a 2006 children's book written and illustrated by American author Chris Van Allsburg.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

After seeing a show by magician Lomax the Magnificent, two friends, Calvin and Rodney, decide to use his hypnosis trick on Calvin's sister Trudy. The trick is achieved with a rotating spiral disc, and the spell is broken by saying "Probuditi!".

It is Calvin's birthday and his mother asks him to watch his sister while she's away and when she returns she will make Calvin his favorite dinner, spaghetti.

Calvin and Rodney are successful and Trudy soon believes she is a dog. Calvin and Rodney enjoy watching Trudy until they realize that Calvin's mom will come home soon, and they have forgotten the word to reverse the spell. They frantically try different methods to turn Trudy back to normal, but in the end it is Trudy who silently helps them to remember.


Fritz, a dog who appears in all of Allsburg's works, appears as a teapot in Probuditi!.


"Probuditi!" is a Serbian word that means "to wake up".


  1. ^ Fenly, Leigh (October 29, 2006). "Chris Van Allsburg wants you to probuditi and smell the roses!". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved November 18, 2011.