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In Stitches with Ms.Wiz Paperback – Illustrated, 13 Sep 1996
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The day Ms Wiz becomes a doctor, the hospital is in for a surprise. Her stethescope plays disco music, a pickled appendix escapes from its jar, and the children's ward is overrun by mice. This is the second title in the Ms Wiz series.
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I chose to rate this book because it is a good
I have my daughter read the series
Indeed, Jack definitely needed some of Ms. Wiz's special magic. She put Hectate the cat on his bedside table and Herbert the magic rat was tucked under his pillow. Franklyn, the boy in the next bed was way not into magic and claimed that "Witches are for wimps." Of course everyone in Class Three knew that Ms. Wiz was a Paranormal Operative, not a witch, but no matter. The Consultant soon came by to check on Jack and then that's when the magic began. When one of his medical students leaned down to listen to Jack's heart, he heard something very strange. "It seems to be disco music," he told the consultant. Herbert decided that he didn't want to stay under that pillow and Franklyn spotted him. "Excuse me," Franklyn began to tattle, "There's a ..." Was everyone going to find out that there was a bit of magic in that hospital and that Ms. Wiz was nothing more than an imposter?
This is yet another zany, preposterous tale of Ms. Wiz young readers will love. This isn't quite as appealing as the first in the series, Ms. Wiz Spells Trouble, when we meet Ms. Wiz in the classroom. We still are seeing her brand of mystical, lighthearted magic and her cohorts Hectate the Cat and Herbert the rat. At the conclusion of "Ms. Wiz Spells Trouble" she vows that she will "go wherever a little magic is needed," and sure enough she shows right up when Jack Beddows, a boy in Class Three needs her. This time instead of being a teacher, she pretends she's a doctor. Ms. Wiz, of course is British and there are phrases such as "Consultant" or "Ward Sister" that may need a bit of explaining or perhaps a little research on the part of the young reader. This beginning chapter book can easily be tackled by the newly independent reader. Silly and inane, but this series has great kid appeal.
Ms. Wiz Spells Trouble
In Stitches with Ms. Wiz
In Control, Ms. Wiz?
In Jail, Ms. Wiz?
The story is simple: A boy gets appendicitis and during his hospitalization including surgery and recovery, Ms. Wiz (posing as Dr. Wisdom) lurks mischievously around the hospital creating little magical diversions to keep the kids from being bored. Needles bend, an appendix walks, brooms attack doctors, and a magic rat frees the mice in the basement.
I have to agree with my daughter. There isn't much of a story line and very little to redeem it: It isn't particularly entertaining nor is it educational. The book is written with British spellings and word usage, which led to some interesting conversations while we read, so that was both a distraction but helpful for my daughter to be exposed to an English she is a bit unfamiliar with.
Should you buy it? We do not recommend it.
Ms. Wiz reminds me of a mix between Miss Frizz and Nanny McPhee. Honestly, in the first book, there were lines that made it seem like a rip off of Nanny McPhee(movie, since I haven't read the books) and it turned me against it a bit. The series grew on me the more I read it, though.
On the back, this series is compared to Roald Dahl. I love the craziness of Dahl, and I've only read a few of his books, but to me, this series seems more like Louis Sachar, with "boy" humor. At one point in the 2nd book a teacher eats a child's removed appendix by accident. ((Gag)) I just don't find humor in that kind of thing. I'm sure the target age group would find it hilarious. The Ms. Wiz series is full of crazy stuff, though, which I liked.
The books are very short at about 60 pages, with lots of pictures. As an adult, I think I would have liked the stories a bit more with "more", but it is perfect for the target age.
Just to note: I couldn't tell if Ms. Wiz is a witch(though they prefer the name "Paranormal Operative" within the story) or not. She does spells, which again, reminded me of Nanny McPhee.
Overall, I have pretty mixed feelings. I didn't love the books, but I'll keep them around.