26 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Do Witches Make Fishes? by Jason Mayo

First, I must say that the author is giving all proceeds of the sale of this book to a great charity, The Garden of Dreams Foundation, for that part he gets most assuredly five stars… but let’s talk about the book directly…

I read this myself and then to my 7-year-old. My own thoughts were that it was a cute book. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful and really pop off the page. The text is well done as well, but there are a few times where the rhymes feel overly forced and lost on me. I felt like the writer might have been trying just a little too hard.

Having said that, my daughter giggled several times and said the story was funny but just “okay”. I asked her if she’d take it to school for her class to read (this is usually the litmus test for us) and she said she would but only if it was around Halloween, which makes sense, I suppose. She said her favorite part was when the witch fell into the jelly. Asked what her least favorite part it was the picture with the chicken foot in the stew. (I’m just reporting here, folks, she’s seven – what can I say).

Being as it’s close to Halloween, I’m sure this will make it to school with her one day where she’ll bug her teacher to read it to the class, and hey… it’s got a nice message about eating healthy and well, so maybe one kid will eat their fish and carrots after all.

You can learn more about the book, the charity and the author by visiting the book’s website.

“Do Witches Make Fishes?” is the moral tale of a young boy who favors candy over his mother’s outlandish but healthy dishes. When faced with an ultimatum from his mother, the boy has to make a difficult choice. What ensues is a series of extraordinary and fantastical events that will take the reader on a magical journey through the imagination of a child. In the end, you will find yourself asking, Do Witches Make Fishes?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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