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The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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Praise for Kate Saunders
Praise for The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
"This story has adventure, excitement, humor and magic, and will appeal to boys and girls alike."--SLJ
"Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."--Booklist
"A quick pace and intricate plot twists keep excitement high . . . [in] this enjoyable and moving romp through a magical London underworld."--Publishers Weekly
Five Children on the Western Front
Winner of the Costas Award for Children's Fiction
★ "An irresistible read."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Saunders strikes a surprisingly successful balance between the mischievous magic of the sand fairy and the harsh realities of wartime England." --The Bulletin
"A dramatic, heartrending look at World War I's far-reaching consequences for families and individuals."--SLJ
The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix
"Saunders weaves the supernatural with the ordinary with ease. Readers who enjoyed The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop will not be disappointed."--Booklist
"Clearly, Saunders has honed her deft and breezy comic style while affectionately channeling mild echoes of Harry Potter and The Hobbit."--Kirkus Reviews
"Saunders's imagination is out in full force. Hand this to readers who love adventure, fantasy, and Mission Impossible-type adventure."--SLJ
★ "[Children] will love this action-packed adventure, brimming with sly humor and clever asides....This book should fly off the shelves, with or without a magic carpet."--SLJ, Starred Review
"A quick, magical romp."--The Bulletin
"Saunders weaves a tight tale with a satisfying conclusion." --Booklist
A Junior Library Guild Selection
★ "This absorbing novel...features a dimensional, delightful protagonist, whose personality and growth ring true....Along with the entertaining magical elements, the universal themes of self-discovery, and looking beyond appearances combine into a wholly engaging and enjoyable read."--Booklist, Starred Review
"Saunders offers a coming-of-age tale against the rich backdrop of full period detail . . . [It] will charm readers."--Publishers Weekly
"A ripping English boarding-school story with a perceptive heroine and time-travel twist guaranteed to appeal to modern schoolgirls."--Kirkus Reviews
--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Kate Saunders has written lots of books for adults and children. These include Beswitched, Magicalamity, The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop, The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix, and Five Children on the Western Front. She lives in London. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Top customer reviews
an old inherited chocolate shop is a cracking read for seven
to (maybe just) twelve year olds with a sense of imagination and
adventure. Brother and sister Oz and Lily get themselves embroiled
in a sequence of events in which past ancestral iniquities get
tangled up in the present with mildly frightening but nonetheless
exciting consequences for the siblings, a young male witch called Caydon
and an immortal and narcissistically self-righteous talking cat named
Demerara (Spike the rat is another grubbily amusing ancillary character
who I will admit to having grown rather fold of too!) Their mission to
retrieve a magical chocolate mould obtained in less than wholesome
circumstances by ghostly Great-Great-Uncle Isadore provides a sprightly
narrative backdrop for our intrepid young investigators and "all's
well that ends well" is the order of the day (as indeed it should be
in a story for young readers). The humour is pitched just right and
the scary bits correctly judged so as not to induce sleepless nights!
Ms Saunders writes in short bites with language which is light and fun
but not condescending to her target audience. It reads very well out loud.
My summary of this book is classic "wish fulfilment" fiction for kids. The child heroes of the story inherit the eponymous shop and find themselves thrust into a world of magic chocolate, secret government agencies and talking animals... not to mention terrorists, goblins and more.
My daughter found much of the dialogue hilarious, especially when it veers towards slightly "rude" territory (e.g., bodily functions), just what a 7-year old loves! The plot twists and turns in suitably cliff-hanger fashion until the final climax.
Underneath the 'whizz pop' surface, there are some suprisingly deep themes at work here too. Be warned that the book does not shy away from murder, jealously, child mortality and death. It is all woven into the story in a skillful way which makes it palatable even to quite young children, and creates an unusual mixture of fairytale magic and gritty reality.
This is the first Kate Saunders book we have read, but certainly not the last.
The book follows the Spoffard's family who receive a strange parcel from a solicitor who tells them they have inherited a house, 18 Skittle Street, London. The parcel contained the title deeds and the set of keys. They visit the house and the first thing Lily meets is a ginger cat, Demerara, who only she can see and who talks to her. They soon discover that the house was once the workshop and shop of the famous Spoffard Brothers chocolate business.
I will not spoil the story by divulging the story any further, except to say that the story contains excitement, magic, MI6 agents and secret missions. There are plenty of moments of humour within the book which will have children giggling away before they are swept along to the next mission they must complete to reach their goal - finding the chocolate moulds that each of the brothers had in their possession.
Kate Saunders has written a really good read, which children age 8+ will enjoy reading. I am sure it will be loved by both girls and boys and I will be looking out for other books by Saunders soon.
Sharp,observant and witty,this tale rings true to all ages.
Kate Saunders' best children's book so far.
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I would love to read the other books Kate Saunders has written.