Book Review, Early Reader

Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch by Ruth Quayle & Julia Christians

Magnificent Mabel is a wonderfully charming little girl with a big voice! She is clear about what she wants and isn’t afraid to go out and get it.

Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch is the fifth book in a charming early reader series for children age 5-7. Each of the three chapters is a stand-alone story that will give young readers a real sense of accomplishment as they make the step from picture books to more grown-up novels. The language is straight-forward and Mabel’s voice is clear and authentic. This is a child who can be a little bit selfish and jealous at times but who also desperately wants to be helpful and gets excited about the simple but oh so important things in life – Hallowe’en, bunkbeds, friendships, jobs at school and eating cookies. She really reminds me of my own little sister when we were children in Canada. She would get into Mum’s make-up bag when she wasn’t looking and took great pride in every aspect of her Hallowe’en costumes – especially one particularly cold year when she was interviewed by a local television news team about how she was keeping warm while trick or treating. She told them about every layer she was wearing – right down to her pants!

The Magnificent Mabel series is full of adults who value children and take the time to talk with them about things that matter. They take their feelings seriously and do all they can to make sure ideas are understood and life is fair. The cross-generational relationships are especially lovely. Mabel and her family model how to respect each other and handle anything life throws at them in a positive manner.

Thank you to Nosy Crow for this lovely book! Magnificent Mabel has quickly become my favourite early reader series.

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