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4.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful bright illustrations throughout
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 7 June 2022
Another short children’s read at just over 100 pages. A brilliant series perfect for all little girls. I have reviewed others from this series previously. They all read fine as Standalones. Meet Mirabelle, half witch, half fairy. She is usually a very mischievous/naughty little girl. In this story she’s off on holiday with her family and vows to leave her potions at home be a good girl. She meets up with another little girl on holiday called Beatrix and they soon become friends. However, magic and tricks are soon involved in the holiday and ofcourse Mirabelle gets blamed. But has mirabelle found her match in Beatrix? Whose causing all this chaos and can this family have a normal holiday for once? A well deserved four stars from me. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Highly recommend
My daughter loves this book. We'd just recently got another of the Isadora Moon books which she fell in love with. So I got this so she can carry on developing a love for books like her parents. She loves how cheeky Mirabelle is and is even more obsessed with the fact that she has the same name as Mirabel from Encanto. A very good book for a budding 6 year old reader.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 26 April 2022
This is a great extension to the series of books about Isadora Moon. Mirabelle is Isadora's cousin and this story is about her adventure on an all inclusive holiday where she meets Beatrix.
If you haven't read the other books in the series it wont matter too much but my kids loved the little links to Isadora. The language of the books is at a perfect level for 6 or 7 years olds and there are charming illustrations throughout the book that break up the reading slightly and help children who are just getting used to reading longer books.
Overall a fun charming story perfect for early readers starting to read chapter books.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 27 April 2022
This writer is very popular in our house with the Isadora Moon series, and this book is just as good.
Mirabelle is ‘half witch, half fairy, totally naughty!’ which is why I think this story is so popular with my children. I love the purple and black colour scheme throughout and the glitter detailing on the cover makes it stand out.
New to the series? The illustrated family tree at the start is the perfect guide to the main characters. The chapters are not too long and there is a good balance between text and eye-catching illustrations. At the end of the book is a guide to make a witch ice cream sundae, quiz, and a chapter of another Mirabelle book.
I like this story because it is all about making friends. Yet, with Beatrix turning out to be even naughtier than Mirabelle, there are plenty of adventures to be had. Unfortunately, her parents seem to think these mishaps are all down to her, meaning it is up to her brother to convince them otherwise.
This is an entertaining story that my Year 1 daughter really enjoyed. Emerging independent readers may be able to tackle this on their own because the vocabulary is not too complicated. However, it is such a fun story, that I’m sure parents will enjoy reading it too.
5.0 out of 5 starsI think most young girls would enjoy this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 23 April 2022
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Mirabelle's mum is a witch, her dad is a fairy, and she is a bit of both. This is part of a collection of Mirabelle books but are stand alone books so you don’t need to have read the others. I haven’t read the others but will buy them after receiving this book. These are a spin-off to the Isadora Moon series. The art work is great and the story engaging. Obviously reading skills vary but I think this suits young girls who have started chapter books. We read this to our daughter as her reading skills aren’t quite there yet but she enjoys the story.
4.0 out of 5 starsEntertaining 4th book in a series about a naughty young half witch/half fairy for readers aged 5+
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 2 May 2022
Mirabelle, her parents and her older brother Wilbur are off on holiday to a treehouse at an all-inclusive witch resort in the mountains. Mirabelle’s mum and dad want her to stay out of trouble and she’s promised that she’ll be good all holiday and even leave her potion kit at home (although maybe she doesn’t quite meet that last promise …)
Shortly after the family arrives at the resort, Mirabelle meets a young witch called Beatrix who is even more mischievous than her. It’s not long before Mirabelle starts to finds herself in trouble again but this time her mum and dad are really cross and refuse to believe her when she tries telling them that it’s not her fault. Can Mirabelle convince them that this time she’s (mostly) innocent or will this ruin the holiday for everyone?
The 4th in Harriet Muncaster’s MIRABELLE SERIES (a companion to her ISADORA MOON SERIES) for readers aged 5+ is an entertaining read packed with mischief as Mirabelle is forced to deal with the consequences of being thought of as a trouble maker. Mike Love’s illustrations (based on Muncaster’s original artwork) neatly complement the text and I enjoyed Mirabelle’s relationship with her older brother. I would definitely read on.
I hadn’t realised that Muncaster had created a companion series to the more ‘pink and cute’ ISADORA MOON SERIES until I read ISADORA MOON GETS THE MAGIC POX so when the opportunity came to review this book, I took it.
Mirabelle is Isadora’s naughtier cousin who is half witch/half fairy (her father is the brother of Isadora’s mum). I hadn’t read any of the previous 3 books in this series, but to be honest you don’t need to. There’s a section here where Mirabelle talks about some of her naughty antics and each story works as a standalone.
Muncaster has a lot of fun with the contrast between Mirabelle’s mum (who likes things like eating insects and is a bit of a speed demon in the car) and her dad (who likes honey and sweet things and drives ultra cautiously). I also enjoyed the dynamic between Mirabelle and Wilbur (who is not happy about having to share a room with her and is a bit pompous, like big brothers can sometimes be).
The story is pretty straightforward as Beatrix engages in a number of tricks, some of which are funny, some of which are dangerous but all of which see Mirabelle get the blame. I enjoyed the budding friendship between the pair, even as Mirabelle starts to realise that Beatrix is taking things too far and wants her to stop. Part of the reason I enjoy and rate Muncaster’s books is that there is a moral core to them - here it’s about being honest and open about things that you have done - but she’s never preachy about it, she just shows readers the consequences and takes them along with her. Also although Beatrix is naughty, she isn’t mean or malicious and sometimes she gets in trouble because she’s trying to help (albeit in the wrong way) and I think a lot of the target audience for this series will be able to relate to that.
Muncaster foregoes illustration duties here with Mike Love doing the same to her artwork. I thought the illustrations worked really well - there’s plenty of character in there (I especially liked the dragon trek and food fight scenes) and the purple shades work really well. This would be a great series to give to young girl readers who aren’t really into ‘pink books’ (and there is nothing wrong with liking pink books, just to make that point) but still want to read something with magic in them.
All in all, I thought that this is a fun and entertaining read and would definitely check out the other books in this series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 20 April 2022
This is the 4th book in the Mirabelle series, if you havent read the others, you dont need too as this is a standalone book, but i would recommend them.
Mirabelle is half fairy and half witch. Her dad is a fairy and her mum a witch. She has an older brother called Wilbur and a pet dragon called Violet. Mirabelle gets into trouble all the time. Mischief, her parents call it because whilst she is good with her fairy magic, her witch magic gets her into trouble.
The whole family go on holiday to a witch resort in a forest where they stay in a tree house. Mirabelle meets a new friend Beatrix who is much naughtier than Mirabelle and starts casting spells and using potions which Mirabelle gets the blame for. This time its her brother Wilbur who helps their parents see that its not Mirabelle that is being naughty and defends her.
Another cute story, this time about friendship and that being yourself is enough. I really like the illustrations and the cute purple and black theme throughout. I really wish there had been books like this when i was growing up.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 29 April 2022
This is such a wonderful read. Probably aimed at girls (Although to be fair boys and adults will enjoy this story) 7 to 9 years of age. Part of a series of books. However each is stand a lone and there is a really helpful family tree at the start of the book. Now for the story we meet Mirabelle whose mum is a witch, her dad is a fairy, and she is a mix of both. Great illustrations good story. Pleased to recommend.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 21 April 2022
I ordered this through Amazon Vine, so I have to admit to not having read the previous books in the series. The reason that I thought that I would give it a go was that, when I was younger, I really enjoyed the Worst Witch books, so wanted to try and recapture some of my youth! Overall, this was an enjoyable book for younger readers. Without young children of my own, I would guess that this would appeal to readers around 7 or 8. Mirabelle, the titular character, is half fairy and half witch. This book sees her going on an all-inclusive witch holiday with her family, and she has been made to promise that there won't be any mischief along the way. But when she makes friends with another girl called Beatrix, trouble isn't too far away. The illustrations for this book were very charming, bringing lots to look at for the younger audience. Being way older than its target market now, it is hard for me to gauge how much I would have enjoyed it when I was that age. I think there was enough humour and excitement to keep me reading, but I do still hold a torch for the Worst Witch when it comes to those in pointy hats.