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The Strange Sagas of Sabrina Summers Pt2. The Uncomfortable Glass Slippers by Michele Clark McConnochie.

October 13, 2019 Comments off

glass slippersThe Strange Sagas of Sabrina Summers Pt2. The Uncomfortable Glass Slippers by Michele Clark McConnochie. Pub. Morgan James Publishing, 2019.

The second book in a trilogy is often the hardest to write because it hasn’t got the surprise wow factor of the first book nor the drama of the conclusion in the third.

This novel is more of the same that the first brought but it does fill in gaps and broaden the nature of the conflict in the magical land of Dralfynia. We find out more about Sabrina’s stepmother Bridget and her relationship with the bad witch, witchy Wu who has slipped through the magic barrier from Dralfynia to become a teacher at Melas school (Salem spelt backwards) where Sabrina and her friends Persis and Olive go.

We find out more of the 8 fingered Beast who wants the crown of Dralfynia and the nature of the conflict and my favourite character the horse Clyde who becomes a unicorn in Dralfynia.

The action moves along in short chaptersĀ  and there is a cleverness about the reworking of the story of Cinderella and the glass slippers. She needs rescuing in this story.

Good values for primary and intermediate readers especially girls who understand the nature of girlie relationships. I look forward to the conclusion.

Cinders and Sparks Bk1. Magic at Midnight by Lindsay Kelk, illus. Pippa Curnick

June 6, 2019 Comments off

cindersCinders and Sparks Bk1. Magic at Midnight by Lindsay Kelk, illus. Pippa Curnick. Pub. HarperCollins, 2019.

This is a junior reader that takes the micky out of the Cinderella fairytale and it is a good laugh. It basically modernises the old tale and introduces a number of other fairy tale characters like little Bo Peep. You the one that lost her sheep. Now she takes them everywhere with herĀ  and at the Princes Ball in which the prince is expected to chose a wife. Bo peeps sheep are under the table. You don’t want to lose them twice.

Cinders fairy godmother had trouble finding Cinders because she wasn’t on any social media site. I think that tells you what this story is like.

Easy to read, a good laugh and opens up the world of magic and fairy tales. There will be 3 books in this series.