The Witch's Kitten (Molly's Magic) by Holly Webb

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The Witch's Kitten (Molly's Magic) by Holly Webb

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Category: Confident Readers
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: A good early reader (or bedtime story book) for girls of five and above who like magic and animals. Definitely recommended.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 96 Date: February 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-1407107509

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Molly can talk to animals and in the Molly's Magic series we hear all about her adventures with the animals which come to her father's veterinary surgery. In The Witch's Kitten Molly meets a grey kitten in the surgery. She thought that she knew all the animals in the village but she has to solve a mystery – and use some magic - before she can reunite Sparkle with its owner. This is the first book in the series but each can be read without having read any of the others.

This is a lovely book for the emerging reader of five years and above and particularly for girls who love magic and animals. There's adventure, as Molly (at seven years old she's a lovely roll model for young girls) has to use her wits to reunite Sparkle with its owner. The wonderful setting of the farm where Molly lives is also home to her father's veterinary surgery and all the staff and animals there. There's a story which is well constructed and keeps you wondering quite how Molly is going to solve the problem and a very satisfying ending.

The book is short enough to give the emerging reader the confidence of having a book under her belt without it being too much of a trial. There are six chapters averaging out at about twelve pages each and this is probably just about the right length for a new reader. The vocabulary is challenging and never patronising but there are plenty of clues to help along the way. The font is large enough to be clear and there are regular line drawings which break up the pages.

There are four books in the series – and rather a lot of pages devoted to advertising other books by Holly Webb at the back of the book - but Scholastic are to be commended for the lack of cliff hangers which force parents into buying more books - or marketing for the inevitable merchandise.

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to The Bookbag.

The books are very similar, but if you're looking to pick a book which includes a child's favourite animal we have reviews of:

The Wish Puppy

The Invisible Bunny

The Secret Pony

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