Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Witch's Curse by Jordan Quinn -- ESSENTIAL

Quinn, Jordan The Witch's Curse (The Kingdom of Wrenly #4), illustrated by Robert McPhillips. 120 pgs. Little Simon, 2014. $15.99. Content: G.

The Kingdom of Wrenly is soaking wet! It has been raining for days, and everything is flooded. Such abnormal weather can only be the result of a curse -- and Prince Lucas is sure he knows who's responsible. With the help of his friend Clara, the two set off to stop the rain.

I love how strong, brave and clever both Lucas and Clara are, while still making some understandably childlike mistakes. Their initiative is admirable as well, and the mystery of who is at fault and how to stop them adds suspense. The plentiful illustrations, large font, and fairly simple sentences make this one good for early chapter book readers. At first I was a little annoyed at the way Lucas rushed to accuse without much proof, but when I discovered that that was the point of the book, I loved it. Not jumping to conclusions is a lesson everyone needs to learn sometime, and this was a good way to show it without seeming preachy.

EL (K-3) -- ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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