Sunday, 10 May 2015

Ricki the Warlock by Charlotte Levenson (Children's, 9 years +, 8/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

December 2014, 104 pages, Ebook, Review copy

Content: school days, humour, 

Summary from Ricki the Warlock website
Ricki seems very much like your normal twelve year old boy except for one thing… he’s a Warlock. Unbeknown to his family – who believe Ricki is just a budding magician, the story takes you on his journey from initiation to performing at the school talent show and along the way dealing with the school bullies – Warlock style! All with the help of his best mate and Warlock Assistant, Gary. The only person who knows Ricki’s secret power.

  Nayu's thoughts
Being taken seriously as a warlock isn't easy, and Ricki explains to readers why that's the case. I joined some of Ricki's classmates' views that he is a little crazy, but he did manage to help people as well as causing a little chaos. The story made me laugh a lot, and feel sorry when things didn't pan out in Ricki's favour.

The not quite perfect rating comes from the fact I felt the illustrations seemed to be for older characters, rather than those Ricki's age, and the end was sudden and it felt like there possibly could have been a bit more explained/happening to make it dramatic. It will appeal to all who like magic – both the kind the works & the kind that doesn't, all who like a good story, and who have a sense of humour. 

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