Children's · fantasy · Magic

Sea Keepers: Seal Pup Party – Coral Ripley ★★★★

Blurb; A bumper-length seasonal special set at the Ice Palace Animal Sanctuary! Join the Sea Keepers as they celebrate Christmas in the Arctic with adorable seal pups.

The Sea Keepers return to the North Pole, where the Arctic mermaids have organised a Christmas party for the seal pups at the Ice Palace Animal Sanctuary. But when Effluvia turns up to spoil the fun, it’s up to the Sea Keepers to stop her! Can Emily, Grace and Layla find a magic pearl in time to save the celebration?

My Review; This is book ten in a series, but all can be read as standalones. In this story, it’s Christmas Eve, and the girls are called to help under the sea. It’s a Christmas story. A save the day. After the star gets broken, the girls need to find three things to build a new star to save the Arctic. With the help of many animals along the way, they can surely save the day before Christmas, can’t they? Time is tight. They even get a visit from Santa themselves. A brilliant Christmas adventure, many young readers will enjoy with illustrations throughout. A well-deserved four stars from me.

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Cannot find on Amazon US apologies.

Children's · Magic

Fairy Forest School: The Snowflake Charm – Olivia Brook ★★★★

Blurb; A magical fairy school series about helping animals and looking after nature, from the publisher of the best-selling series, Rainbow Magic!

Poppy Merrymoss is going on a school trip to the Magic Mountains with her best friends Ninad Cleardrop and Rose Seedpip. But evil Lady Nightshade (disguised as her teacher Ms Webcap) is coming too, and when the Snow Fairies magical Snowflake Charm is stolen, Poppy knows just who’s taken it. Without the charm, the snowflake fairies can’t use their magic to help the local Artic Foxes and the school trip is ruined!

Can Poppy, Ninad and Rose find the Snowflake Charm and reveal Ms Webcap’s evil identity before it’s too late?

Have you read Poppy Merrymoss’s previous adventures, Fairy Forest The Raindrop Spell and Fairy Forest Baby Bunny Magic?

My Review; An adorable read for any young girls. Fairies. Magic. Fairy school. In this story, the school goes on a trip, and the girls soon have to save the day and find the Snowflake Charm, which Lady Nightshade has stolen and hidden. Surely if they all work together they can save the day? Beautifully illustrated throughout. A great story. A well-deserved four stars from me.

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Magic · Non-Fiction

Beyond The Wand – Tom Felton ★★★★★

Blurb; They called for a break, and Gambon magicked up a cigarette from out of his beard. He and I were often to be found outside the stage door, having ‘a breath of fresh air’, as we referred to it. There would be painters and plasterers and chippies and sparks, and among them all would be me and Dumbledore having a crafty cigarette.

From Borrower to wizard, Tom Felton’s adolescence was anything but ordinary. His early rise to fame saw him catapulted into the limelight aged just twelve when he landed the iconic role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

Speaking with candour and his own trademark humour, Tom shares his experience of growing up on screen and as part of the wizarding world for the very first time. He tells all about his big break, what filming was really like and the lasting friendships he made during ten years as part of the franchise, as well as the highs and lows of fame and the reality of navigating adult life after filming finished.

Prepare to meet a real-life wizard.

My Review; Calling all potterheads this one is for you. But don’t worry it’s not all just about the Potter world but a large part of it is. There is a foreword by Emma Watson. Tom has included a lot of photos in the book too. It’s a fast read with a lot of behind the scenes stories and stories of Tom growing up before he found fame. What hit me the most is a few chapters at the end where Tom was very open, honest and raw about what he had to go through and I applaud him for that. It takes guts to write a book and make people laugh, tear up, learn new things behind the scenes and see the potter world in a whole new light whilst being honest about the whole thing. A must buy. A must read. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars.

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