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Jan 12 2018

Witch snitch by Sibeal Pounder

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Witch Wars series. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408892046
(Age: 9-10) Recommended. Sibeal Pounder's Witch Snitch : The Inside scoop on the witches of ritzy city is another addition to the popular Witch Wars series. This book is all about Tiga's first Witchoween, which is a celebration of how wonderful witches are if you were wondering, and her entry into the film world when she is asked to help make a documentary about the most interesting witches in Sinkville. There are 18 fantastic, interesting witches for them to interview and each one for their own special reasons. One develops the bestselling mouldy jam cat food with a hint of fairy flavour, another the owner of a secret cafe and another who has a museum dedicated to mermaids and owns over 100 pairs of mermaid -print leggings. All interviews scenarios are funny, and filled with problems to be solved by Tiga and her crew.
Although it is part of a series I found that it was a good standalone book as the book is full of character profiles, craft and cooking activities and fun facts about the witches of the Witch Wars fame. Dedicated fans of this series or newcomers could easily follow the ideas and create their own Witch Wars party as intended by the author.
This book is quite girly, in that there is a lot of talk of fashion, style and fairies, plus the majority of the characters are female. It would be ideal for a reader who struggles with the jump to longer chapter books as the illustrations and activities provide a nice interlude and distraction if needed.
I particularly enjoyed the funny character names such as Fluffanora, Sluggfey and Melodie McDamp! I think young readers will find the humour in these names.
Sibeal Pounder's writing is lively and interesting, keeping readers entertained and hooked to the story. I have not read any of the other Witch Wars stories, however if they are written in the same way then I feel that this would be wonderful series for readers around 9/10 years old.
Lauren Fountain

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