Maggie Sparks and the Monster Baby
(Maggie Sparks, Book 1)
by Steve Smallman
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Pub Date 17 May 2022 | Archive Date 31 May 2022
Book 1 in the magical adventures of a naughty little witch whose temper tantrums fizz into all kinds of trouble!
Maggie Sparks does NOT want a baby brother!
Especially not one who is noisy, smelly and gets ALL the attention.
The good thing is, Maggie’s a witch. A super powerful, super smart, super talented witch … who sometimes gets her spells wrong. But that won’t stop her finding a way to win back her mom and dad from the evil monster baby. Especially when she’s got Bat, her pet chameleon, to help.
All she needs is a little magic …
About the Maggie Sparks series:
Step into the magical world of Maggie Sparks: the mischievous little witch who turns every day into an adventure. Join Maggie as she learns how to tackle school, make friends and most confusing of all: understand her emotions – when she’s not facing dragons and meeting aliens, that is! Perfect to bridge the gap between Isadora Moon and Amelia Fang for young readers aged 5+.
School Library Journal starred review:
Gr 1-3–Take a familiar story of a sibling who is jealous of a new baby, infuse it with a little magic, pair it with fantastic illustrations, and the result is a winsome story that will engage young readers. Maggie, who just happens to be able to perform magic, is loved and adored by her two parents and her wizard grandpa. However, life takes a turn when her parents go “to the hospital to swap Mom’s big tummy for a baby.” Why would they want a baby when they have her? Her life is turned upside down when baby brother Alfie arrives home. Hernando’s expressive illustrations show just how Maggie feels when her parents show off a screaming, stinky monster who seems to delight everyone else. After some magical scheming, an important lesson, and a fun twist, things come to a sweet conclusion. Charming family portraits show Maggie, Alfie, and her mother with brown skin and curly black hair, while Dad and Grandpa have pale skin and lighter hair.
VERDICT A delightfully magical take on a familiar situation, enhanced by pitch-perfect illustrations. Recommended for all early chapter book collections.
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