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Salem's Tails: Teacher's Pet - Patricia L. Barnes-Svarney

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Patricia L. Barnes-Svarney / Paperback / 80 Pages / Book is published 1999-05-04 by Simon & Schuster Children's

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      28.04.2010 13:44
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      a book for younger children

      As many of you already know, I have been a fan of Sabrina the Teenage Witch ever since I was young and it first started. I have recently decided to go through all the books in numeric order. I am currently reading the Sabrina the Teenage Witch books, but I am also reading Salem's Tails, which is mainly for much younger little people than me, possibly 3-6 year olds, this is merely a guess, and I personally think that adults (or young adults in my case) like to dapple into children's books to get their inner-child out once in a while (well that's why I read children books, some adults may say that they only read them to their children, but they are hiding the real reason).

      For people who haven't got a clue about Sabrina the Teenage Witch and also doesn't know who Salem is, I shall try my best to tell you all about the 2 people. Sabrina is a 16 year old girl, who has just discovered she is a half-witch; she is not allowed to see any of her parents and is currently stopping at "Aunt Zelda's" and "Aunt Hilda's" house. They have a cat that lives there, this cat was a powerful warlock back in the day but he tried to take over the world and in doing so the court sentenced him to spend 100 years as a cat, with no magical powers. The thing is cat's have mouths and because he used to be a warlock he is allowed to talk, which annoys him at times because he has to say "Meow" occasionally when humans are about because cat's have been unable to pronounce English words since the beginning of time.

      So there we go, that is the main characters over and done with. Now before I move onto the plot outline and everything else I want to spend time talking about the author. The author is called Patricia Barnes-Svarney which is a really peculiar name. I have never ever heard of this author in my life and so she is a new author to me. This author has contributed to a few book series such as "Star Trek" and "The Secret World of Alex Mack", Her latest book (written in 1999) was under non-fiction, in which she has quite a few books under (according to fantasticfiction.com). She has written some Non-fiction, also, with Thomas E Svarney, who is obviously a relative of some sort). I feel that it is a shame that she has no fictional novels that she has done herself. Only book series she has contributed, and considering her recent publication was in 1999 I doubt we'll be seeing much more of her, which is a shame in my opinion. But maybe she will come back sometime and taking her time. Who knows?

      This book is the 2nd book in the series, and is really intriguing. Salem and Sabrina have a little argument (nothing new there) and then, by mistake, Salem ends up in Sabrina's school bag and Sabrina doesn't notice until she gets to school. Now Salem is exploring the school, seeing if school is as bad as Sabrina makes it out to be. But there are many obstacles to run away from such as the teacher who tries to capture him and the caretaker. But can Salem be a good enough cat? Could he become the new student in school?

      This is a really fun little book; I think there is a message to the book. Considering it is for young children, they have to learn one way or another, and I believe this shows that no matter how hard you try you must push harder and harder to achieve. The slight problem I have with the moral of the story is that young kids can really convert something the wrong way, for example, if they see some sweets in a shop and their parents are saying they can't have them, that child might think about this book and decide that they should push harder and harder to get what they want, though in my opinion achievement and wanting something are two very different things, although a child may not comprehend the difference and so this book may just annoy parents just a little bit.

      This book is obviously for young children, it makes it obvious by the large font type inside and the simple words used. But my favourite bit about this book, in which you can see in the pictures, is that in the bottom right hand corner you can see some sketches, and if you flip the pages you can see Salem (which is the drawn cat, I presume) running and jumping. I find it really fun just to sit back after a stressful day and flip the pages, you can even go backwards and in going backwards, Salem goes backwards. I believe this little animation thing really does bring out my inner child, which I have a feeling, is what this series hidden intention was.

      To be totally honest I can't think of many books to compare this too. I can't say this book is unique as it simply is not, but I really don't read that many young children books to be able to decide what books it is easy to compare to. Maybe there is a hell of a lot of similar children's books, but I don't plan on buying the whole of Waterstones children's section just to find out.

      This series is perfect for adults who just want a light-hearted read, or for parents reading out to their children. Maybe it's perfect for people who have been away from reading for ages and want to get back into reading; this book sure will help you out. I fully enjoyed it, but maybe that is because I'm still classed as a child at only seventeen. But maybe that isn't the reason. It was really simple to get into, but most child books are, also the plot line is pretty interesting and I have a feeling that it is complicated (at some points) to try and interest adults as well as children, this makes it more interesting and prevents people from getting bored from reading it (okay maybe I'm dipping into an essay here, please tell me to stop being the English student I am in the comments if you feel that I'm making it seem essayish). I would happily re-read this book again, but I think the only way in re-reading it is if I'm looking after younger kids or I'm reading aloud to someone, and in doing that it will also improve my review as I would know about other people's opinions on this book. I'm sorry but you'll going to have to stick with a seventeen year old's opinion for the moment.

      Well there we go, this is the end of my book review, and I sure hope I have interested some people into getting this! Thank you for reading and rating!


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