Children's · Magic

Mirabelle Breaks The Rules – Harriet Muncaster ★★★★

Blurb; Mirabelle is special because she is different. Mirabelle’s mum is a witch, her dad is a fairy and she is a bit of both.

When Mirabelle goes off to witch school she promises not to cause any mischief … but then potions class goes a bit wrong and flying practise is a disaster.

Soon enough, Mirabelle finds herself getting up to some seriously mischievous behaviour. Hopefully, with the help of her best friend, Carlotta, she can put everything right before home time.

My Review; This is another children’s book suitable reading age of 6-10. This is book two in the series but reads fine as a Standalone. Another one I can pass down to my daughter.

Meet Mirabelle. Half witch. Half fairy. Very naughty. She has a pet dragon named Violet. It makes for a funny read. 100 pages long. At the start of the book we get an introduction to all the characters and a family tree. At the end of book you get a sneaky look into the next book, a wordsearch, a cooking recipe and a quiz. So there is loads within this book including the story.

The stories itself is set mostly in her witch school where two lessons go horribly wrong. Mirabelle vows to listen to rules and behave from now on but will she? Enjoyable read. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Magical. Highly recommend. 4 stars.

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Children's

Kitty and the Great Lantern Race – Paula Harrison ★★★★

Blurb; Girl by day. Cat by night. Ready for adventure! In the fifth book of this popular chapter book series, Kitty, a little girl with catlike superpowers, is on a mission to stop a thief from ruining her town’s annual lantern parade. With dramatic two-color art on every page and an emphasis on friendship, family, building self-confidence, and bravery, Kitty and the Great Lantern Race is perfect for newly independent readers and fans of Rebecca Elliott’s Owl Diaries.

Kitty is proud of the lantern she has crafted for Hallam City’s Festival of Light. But just as the parade starts, a series of mysterious burglaries occur in the crowd. Kitty spots a shadowy figure and knows that she must use her catlike superpowers to investigate. Chasing the culprit without the help of her cat crew tests her bravery and superhero skills, but Kitty’s determined to track down the thief before the city’s festival is ruined.

My Review; Yes! Another children’s book but why not? The cover is beautiful! The whole book is gorgeously illustrated throughout. In the beginning it gives an introduction to the main character and the different cats within the story. It also has some facts about cats too.

Perfect for cat lovers. A 100 page read. This is book five in the Kitty series but reads fine as a Standalone. A brilliant children’s book full of imagination and colour. It’s about the festival of light but a thief is soon apparent and its kitty’s job to find the thief and return the items to save the night.

Within is a message that stealing is not okay. That making people feel happier is better than people feeling bad. That even if you did something wrong you can still fix it and I believe all children need to know that. I am keeping this to pass on to my daughter so she can read it when she’s a little older. Highly recommend! Four stars from me. Perfect reading material for ages 6-10.

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Children's · fantasy

Opie Jones: Talks To Animals – Nat Luurtsema ★★★★

Blurb; Dr Dolittle meets Kid Normal in a hilarious middle grade superhero series from comedian Nat Luurtsema. Perfect for fans of David Baddiel, Charlie Changes into a Chicken, My Brother is a Superhero and Lightning Girl

10-year-old Opie Jones is Very Ordinary. In fact nothing remarkable has ever happened to her, if you don’t count the cat that gives her funny looks from next door (which she doesn’t). So she is naturally very surprised when she is recruited to join The Resistance – a team of superheroes who can read minds, and have a dastardly brainwashing villain to defeat.

HOWEVER… it turns out Opie can’t read human minds, she can read ANIMAL ones. The other members of the Resistance are very disappointed. And a whole world of animal chat and demands is opening up to her. She’s still a superhero, just one on her hands and knees in the mud, chatting to a pedantic worm.

But when the Resistance find themselves captured, it might just be that listening to all the creatures great and small is what makes Opie Jones the right person to save the world.

My Review; Hi I’m Gemma, 26. Yes I still read children’s books. Why not? Reading and books don’t have an age limit.. now moving on… I really enjoyed this one. It’s beautifully illustrated throughout and the story just sets your imagination on fire. I find children’s book have so much more magic and imagination in them than adult books.

Meet Opie she’s discovered she can talk to animals! Wow. What a hero. But surely that means there are others like her too? There sure are a secret group of them. But it soon becomes apparent they are against an evil group of the same people who are trying to take over her school.

Which side should she join? Good vs Evil. She is sure a hero and her power is more useful than she thinks but with power comes temptation to do wrong. A great read. I do believe this is book one in a new series coming soon and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Opie. Will her powers grow? Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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