For as long as Kim has been blogging about her journey to read 100 books in a year, I have been pestering her to review a children’s book. Being a visual learner I enjoy seeing pictures when I read, and think they help enhance the story, hence why I review the majority of graphic novels for the blog. Kim gave me the opportunity to read a new children’s book, Switch Witch, which is being marketed as a great stocking stuffer for this holiday season. This marketing plan gets the thumbs up from me because my parents gave me a book for Christmas every year when I was a kid (this is probably the reason I have all the Bernstein Bear’s books). I think stuffing your children’s stockings with books is a wonderful idea because it’s important to foster a desire to read in your children when they’re young. With that all being said I can proceed with my review!
Switch Witch by Pamela Hurd tells the story of Flotilla, a witch who is often forced to do things against her will per the request of her best friend Blistell. Blistell likes to have a little bit more adventure than Flotilla, such as playing dodge ball with comets and playing hide-and-seek in the Milky Way. Blistell convinces Flotilla to participate in an experiment where they use roller blades rather than traditional brooms to travel with. How will this crazy adventure end? Will Flotilla learn to loosen up, or will Blistell learn that sometimes it’s best not to mess with tradition?
Personally, I think this book would be a great addition to any child’s stocking and is a great book to start a holiday tradition with (Halloween though, not Christmas). It is a very traditional children’s story of two opposite friends, but told in a creative and unique new way. The use of witches adds a fun and festive touch to the story. Hurd creates this world where these characters are over the top by nature yet still relatable to children. In addition, Lowell Hildbrandt’s illustrations are very visually appealing and definitely bring the characters to life. They are so colorful and really made this big kid enjoy the book and the story.
All in all I really enjoyed reading this tale of two best friends and their crazy adventure. Like previously stated, this would be the perfect addition to any child’s stocking, and as a teacher I recommend getting your child this book for Christmas. They’ll be so over stimulated from the toys that this will be a great way to unwind with them right before bed.
4 out of 5 Stars
Switch Witch by Pamela Hurd
Paperback 20 pages
Special thanks to Jessie from Author Solutions for giving me my review copy!
One lucky person will have the opportunity to win their own copy of Switch Witch by Pamela Hurd. Simply leave a comment below on why you think it’s important for young children to read by midnight on Saturday, December 17, 2011. Winner will be picked at random and announced on Sunday, December 18, 2011. Giveaway open to residents of US and Canada only. Good luck!