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You Can't Make Me Go To Witch School! Paperback – 3 Aug 2017
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Em Lynas is an ex-primary school teacher and author of the Action Words Reading Scheme. She writes funny fiction and poetry because she loves to hear children laugh and also because that's the way her mind works. It doesn't do "serious". Em gathers inspiration from memories of the children she taught and the two she brought up, as well as channeling her own childhood experiences. She would like to thank the UK Education Department for giving her so many ideas for Toadspit Towers. Jamie Littler is an illustrator who graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008. When not trying to tame his un-naturally fast growing hair or having staring matches with next door's cat he likes drawing, colouring in, cutting things out and sticking things in. Jamie's books include Hamish and the Worldstoppers, which was the bestselling children's debut of 2015, and Wilf the Mighty Worrier, shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards.
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Daisy/Ophelia/Twinkle's voice was really funny and she literally jumped off the page. Nice to read something light, fun yet exciting and a wonderful alternative to the other darker magic stuff that is on the market. The illustrations were wonderful, making the it a 'book for keeps'.
I loved it and would recommend it for any age. Yes, it is an all female cast, but then so what? Boys will still love it. Got to be the start of a series - would definitely buy the lot!
I'm keeping my hat on in celebration.
It's a great twist to the usual story of witches/wizards, especially since Daisy is perfectly happy living with her grandmother (a very famous witch) and wants to return to normal school so that she can play Bottom from -A Midsummer's Night Dream-. The explanation of magic is absolutely brilliant, and not something I have come across before. I would have preferred a bit more on the generations, and less of a -surprise- at the end that I saw long before, but this is mostly because I'm not in the age group that its been written for. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a series and there will be more as the author has opened up a universe that has plenty of potential.
I would recommend this for any young readers, especially as a boost to keep them reading. It's made up of mostly text but there are plenty of illustrations so that any reader won't feel overwhelmed. I think this is a perfect companion to the -Judy Moody- Series, or the -Daisy Maisy- Series.
It’s Daisy Wart’s 11th Birthday, and instead of Granny taking her for a birthday treat, she’s stood outside a crumbling building. Granny is convinced she’s a witch, but Daisy is adamant she isn’t. For Daisy is a Shakespearean actress, preparing to show the world her Bottom just two nights hence. With the headmistress ignoring her, Daisy is enrolled into Witch School where she will stay until her 18th birthday. Daisy must find a way to escape if she is ever to win her Oscar.
A fabulously funny, fast-paced read, packed with quirky characters and one-liners. Daisy and her new school friends all have unique voices, and their individuality shines through. Jamie Littler’s illustrations capture the budding actress in all her glory, bringing Em Lynas’s hilarious new heroine, and surroundings to life. This is a book that begs to be read aloud! I can’t wait for more from Toadspit Towers, but while I wait, I’m off to get my own cauldron bed.
Great for fans of St Grizzles, Witch Wars and Clarice Bean.
Determined to escape she concocts several plans and back-up plans, which ensure she makes both friends and enemies within Toadspit Towers. Em Lynas has created a truly whimsical and mystical school, my favourite part being the expandable cauldrons the pupils sleep in! With echoes of the brilliant 'The Worst Witch' series, this book is sure to delight young readers.
This witty and wonderful MG novel is the start of what I'm sure will grow to be a fantastic series and I can't wait for the second book.
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