on 24 November 2013
This is such a lovely book for little girls who will,I am sure, be heading straight for their mothers' wardrobes to see what they might 'borrow' in order to become witches too. The stories are told in such a way that the reader is swept along at a fair pace but with plenty of time to explore new words. The descriptions of the girls and their ghost are so good that they can virtually be seen. I hope there will be more stories in another book or books.
on 30 October 2013
My 8 year old absolutely loved the first of these stories read as a bed-time story, and couldn't wait for the next instalment so I let her read on herself....
These Little Witches stories are self contained but are best read in order. The stories are modern-day and full of little details that make them feel firmly set in the real world, but with a magical twist that makes you feel ooh, this really COULD happen (especially around Hallow'een!). Each story advances the plot as you get to know the girls and they find out more about how their magic works.
There are clearly more stories to come, hopefully soon, as we both want to know what happens next! Recommended for confident readers from 8-10.
on 31 October 2013
This collection of five stories about Dulcie and Verity and their witchy adventures is delightfully sparky from the start. The writing is reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones's stories for younger readers, and the girls' characters and those of their family and associates spring off the page. Dialogue and incident are brisk and snappy, without sacrificing atmosphere. A great read if you're an aspirant little witch yourself, or if you have one in your life!