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One of the presents I bought my son for his sixth birthday in May was a set of Winnie the witch books. Earlier in the year he had brought one home from the school library and had enjoyed it and so I was delighted when I found a set of ten on the book people website for just £9.99 which was unbeatable value. One of the books in the set was Winnie's magic wand which I shall review today.
Winnie's magic wand is a paperback book which is around the size of a sheet of A4 paper. The book is written by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul and is published by Oxford University Press. It was first published in 2002 but was reissued with a new cover in 2006. The front cover of the book shows Winnie holding a twisted wand whilst pegging her washing out. The picture is full of detail and colour and makes the book seem really appealing.
Winnie's magic want tells us the story as Winnie is very excited for a special magic show that day. She hopes nothing will go wrong but Wilbur the cat expects it will-something always goes wrong. Winnie gets out her favourite party dress but realises that the last time she wore it she had spilled jelly on it so puts it in the wash with some other things. By mistake Winnie washes her wand too and it comes out all wet and bent. Winnie tests it by trying to turn an apple in to an orange but it turns in to an apple tree instead. She dries the wand some more and tries again but the tree turns in to a huge apple pie! Wilbur rushes out to try and get Winnie a new wand to use at the show and with the new wand Winnie attempts the spell with all the other witches at the show looking on...but will it work out?
The story is one that my son enjoys because he is amused by the results that occur due to Winnie's broken wand. There is a reasonable amount of text in the book but it keeps my sons attention well whether I read it to him or he reads it independently. The words used in the book are not easy by any means but they are also not too complex that my son would struggle to read them.
What I like about this book is the layout. The black text is set in to the illustrations which fill the full page and it just makes it enjoyable to look at. The illustrations in the book are just brilliant. They are full of so much detail that my son and I like to sit and look at them, pointing out bugs and other things that are hidden in them.
The story is enjoyable and the first time that we read it my son was keen to see what would happen with Winnie's new wand in the show at the end. I think that it is great that it grabbed his attention in this way and he enjoyed predicting what might happen based on what had already happened in the book.
I would certainly recommend buying this book for children aged around three to seven years and would advise you to look at buying the set from the book people for amazing value.
Thank you for reading my review!