Wednesday, October 5, 2016

REVIEW: A Witch's Kitchen

A Witch's Kitchen
By: Dianna Sanchez

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Cooking
Publisher: Dreaming Robot Press
Publication date: 9.20.16
Pages: 248

Recommended by: Paige at Electively Paige, Read 2 Review
Date read: 10.1.2016

I have a fascination for children's books, especially when they are something that I would have read when I was younger.  This one had all that I needed - a witch who had problems doing things right and lots and lots of cooking.  There's adventure, and making new friends, and magic, and a school just for witch's (that reminded me a bit of HP) run by a dragon, and fun.

It was a cute story, but went more than just that.  It teaches the reader how to survive the not-so-nice moments in life and the experiences that Millie went through were a lot of fun to read about.  Watching Millie grow and figure out who she really is was sometimes funny and sometimes sad, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a middle school age child (or younger, if you're reading them chapter books) who is a little different and could use a story about someone who is like them.

About the book:
Millie's a witch, so why can't she do magic?
            Despite her mother's best efforts to teach her, every spell Millie tries goes horribly wrong, but she's a fabulous cook.  When Millie conjures chocolate sauce instead of a transformation potion, her mother gives up and sends her to the Enchanted Forest School, where she's bullied by goblins, snubbed by an elf, and has her hat stolen.  Even as Millie's magical talent begins to develop, turning her house ghost into a frog and accidentally charming her entire class, Millie starts to wonder: what if she's not a witch at all?  To find out, she and her new friends embark on a dangerous quest to find Millie's father in the Logical Realm, in contemporary Salem, MA.
            Deep in a fantasy realm adjacent to our own, the Enchanted Forest School is located in the branches of an enormous oak tree and has a dragon for a headmistress.  Millie's initial delight in attending school rapidly fades as she struggles in the unfamiliar social environment, encountering fellow students of magical races, making new friends, and discovering that her mother's style of magic isn't the only one available.
            A Witch's Kitchen is a delightful 54,000 word middle grade novel.

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