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Feb 06 2019

Zelda Stitch: Term two: too much witch by Nicki Greenberg

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Zelda Stitch. Allen and Unwin, 2017. ISBN: 9781760523671.
(Age: Year 3 - Year 6) Recommended. Zelda Stitch started her career as a primary school teacher in the first of this series: Cursed first term of Zelda Stitch : bad teacher, worse witch (2017). This is another fast paced and fun story told in the first person, as we follow Zelda's ups and downs. We see the world through her eyes and make the same assumptions as she does about what is happening magically in the school but all is not as it seems. She must keep her secret hidden of course, and only just manages this in the first book, but in the second, she finds there is a young, insecure witchling hiding within her class, and must protect her from the vice principal on the prowl. A coming camp means more pressure for our hero, and her cat Barnaby does not makes things easier.
The pages are peppered with Nicki's quirky black and white illustrations. The bright cover appeals with the harassed looking Zelda and grumpy Barnaby staring out at the reader, suggesting things are not going very well at all!
Recommended to primary school students, years 3 to 6, who will watch out for new stories in this series eagerly.
Fran Knight

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