Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky (Illustrated by Ashley King)

When Elsie Pickles offers to house-sit the mysterious home of local witch Magenta Sharp, she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Left with a talking raven and a scruffy dog for company, a magical tower that has a mind of its own and a book of instruction called Everything You Need to Know, what could possibly go wrong?

With an assortment of weird and wonderful neighbours banging at the door and a box of volatile magical ingredients that must be used immediately, Elsie finds out that looking after Magenta’s home might not be as easy as she first thought … does she have what it takes to be a witch for a week or will it all end in a magical disaster?

A new magical adventure from Kaye Umansky, the bestselling author of the spellbinding children’s classic Pongwiffy, brought to life with charming illustrations from rising star Ashley King!

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Fantasy

Review: Ever so often something from my unsolicited-gifted-by-publisher-TBR-pile will call out to me and despite my other TBR-piles “technically” having priority. It somehow ends up in my hands when I hadn’t really planned on reading said book… Witch for a Week was exactly that book. I received it as a surprise and put it to one side but it looked so cute and I really wanted something cute to read so I ended up sitting down and turning the first page.

A couple of hours later the book was read and I was happy.

Witch for a Week, much like the recipe in the book (this will make sense when you read it) has all the sweet ingredients you could want; a delightful story with a lovely main character, a talking crow, magical mishaps and to top up charming illustrations.

I’m already looking forward to the next book.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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