I received a print copy of this book from the publisher through a giveaway they had on LibraryThing, and the following is my honest opinion.

How many parents reading this review can remember as a child you loved to write stories and pretend that they were true, I can. As a child, using one of those black/white marble cardboard covered notebooks, I can remember writing them. Some of these stories were like the ones Polly Diamond writes in her magic book, Spell; which is why my inner-child loved reading this book, the only difference is that the stories she writes actually do come true.

As adults, we know how complicated the English language can be to learn even though we’ve been born here; especially when a word can have several meanings. We need to be precise as possible so there won’t be any problems with what we need or want. This is the lesson Polly learns, as the difference between her stories and the ones we wrote, is that her stories actually do come true.

If you’re going to be using your imagination as Polly does, there could be all sorts of consequences, some funny and some serious; if you don’t sure you’ve asked for precisely what you want to have, like what happens to her. And if you’re going to have something like a school fair, you’d like to make sure it will an extraordinary one which no one will ever forget.

For having given her young readers, including my inner-child, an imaginative educational reading experience; my adult side is giving the author, Alice Kuipers, the 5 STARS she’s gotten; along with Diana Toledano for her on-point illustrations for the text.

This love of writing is still with me, as I’ve become an author myself.