Book Reviews

#BookReview Witch in Winter (Elsie Pickles 4) By Kaye Umansky

51vXQ3PISsL._SY346_.jpgPublisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
ISBN13: 9781471175626
Genre: Children’s book (7 Years and up)
Release date: 03 10 2019
Price*: Kindle £4.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £5.24 (GBP)
Kindle $9.99 (USD)/ Paperback $11.21 (USD)
Pages: ~ 208
My rating: 8/10
You can get this book here:
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What I learned from this book: That children can be very smart and cunning.

Description of the book: Magenta Sharp has vanished from her magical tower in Crookfinger forest and no one knows how to find her.

But with a mysterious stranger setting his sights on the empty tower and an unexpected snowstorm causing chaos, Elsie and her friends need to track down Magenta, and fast!

Can Elsie’s new witchy skills help save the day? Or is Magenta gone for good?

How this book made me feel: I haven’t read the previous books in the series, and it was my first encounter with Elsie and her magical powers. 🙂 All I can say, I loved the world Kaye created. 🙂

The protagonist in this story would be Elsie, a girl, who can do a few magical spells. She is only beginning to learn how to do magic, with the help of a great witch Magenta. I really liked Elsie, she is smart but kind little witch, that is not afraid of adventures. I really liked all the characters chosen for the book, they are all different and interesting to read about. They all have their moods, that make them special and memorable.

The narrative of this novel was easy, adventurous and entertaining. This book is not very long, and it is filled with beautiful illustrations. The narrative is quite surprising, and it has interesting turns and unexpected surprises. I absolutely loved the magical larder, that makes any dish/food you wish for. (I need this in my life!!! 😀 ) The story is told from multiple perspectives, and I really liked to get to know these magical characters.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere that the author set for this book, it is filled with snow, forests and frost. I love all these things in winter! 🙂 I really liked the writing style of this book as well, the whole story flows effortlessly, it is smooth and very enjoyable. Even though it is a part of the series, I think it can be read as a standalone as well, I just need to control my need to read the other books. 😀 The chapters are a little to the long side, but they are divided into smaller parts, and because of illustrations, it is a quick read. I liked the ending of this book, I think it rounded up this story very nicely.

To conclude, it was a very fun book, filled with magical and memorable characters as well as a very well delivered plot. If you are looking for a wintery read, filled with snow and adventures, this is a great book for this. Do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it as much as your young one did. 😀

Thank You for Your time! ❤


kaye-umansky-1.jpgAbout the author: Kaye Umansky is a truly funny writer. Her classic Pongwiffy series has been a bestseller since first publication and she has been writing for over 30 years. Kaye was born in Plymouth, Devon, and now lives in North London with her husband Mo and her cats. She writes full time in an office with stars on the ceiling.
Twitter: @KayeUmansky

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