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My 6 year old daughter adored the Isadora Moon books and, having recently finished them, we figured this would be a good book to follow with. However, as beautifully written as this story is, I wouldn't recommend this for her age group. The story is richly described with wonderful vocabulary, starting with the same magical wonder as the author's other books. However, what sets this apart is that this story has no humour but instead focuses on more complex and negative emotions that stayed with my daughter for days. It is gripping but as the story continues, it becomes quite dark, heavy and very serious. My daughter found it really upsetting and didn't want to continue. In fact, it's made her want to revert back to much more light-hearted, younger books. I do think this is great book for older children but, for us personally, my daughter is still very much wanting to laugh about cheeky unicorns, silly spells that go wrong, and flying in fantastically beautiful worlds with friends. The illustrations are delightful, though.
A page turning adventure set in a magical woodland, which made me feel like I was back in Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood – a place I absolutely ADORED when I was a child (and still adore today). The setting glows and shines off the page, both through Harriet’s rich and colourful descriptions, and her gorgeous illustrations. Victoria Stitch and Celestine’s sisterly relationship drives the story along its dramatic twists and turns, which ends with a promise of more exciting adventures in this enchanting world. I’m looking forward to returning soon. Enjoy!
My 8 year old daughter absolutely loved this. She reads A LOT of books. She has read all the Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, Enid Blyton, David Walliams etc books multiple times and she literally could not put this book down...secret reading in the middle of the night kind of stuff! A new favourite. She is already planning her outfit to be Victoria Stitch in the next world book day!
Just to add that I read some of this to her as well and think it would also suit an older child. I am going to buy one for my 12 year old niece.
This was such an enjoyable read! To step into the magical world of Harriet Muncaster was a real privilege. I tried so hard to savour it but the plot is too gripping to put down. I loved the character development and as a primary school teacher, I really appreciated the descriptive detailing and advanced vocabulary. Highly recommend!