When Elsie Pickles unwittingly finds herself as caretaker in charge of the mysterious home of local witch Magenta Sharp, she has no idea what to expect. With only a talking, grumpy raven Corbett and a mangy mongrel dog aptly named nuisance for company she’s bound to have a peaceful and easy time. Especially as she has a book of instructions called ‘Everything You Need to Know’ – surely it’s going to be a piece of cake. But when you’re surrounded by the most demanding and strange neighbours and a volatile box of magical ingredients lands on your doorstep life isn’t as simple as she first imagined.
I was simply entranced by this wonderful story. ‘Witch For A Week’ is a perfect gentle, spooky read with just enough magic to delight rather than scare. Elsie is an enchanting, appealing heroine, She’s used to living a chaotic household where there’s not a lot of time and money to spare but this all changes when she moves into Magenta’s tower. Her joy at discovering that she has her very own bed with fluffy pillows and clean white sheets and a wardrobe with two crisp new dresses is totally endearing. We delight at her turn in fortunes as she discovers she has a knack for magic and is able to conjure up endless eggs, frantic frogs and brew storms in a tea cup. Kaye has assembled the most marvellous cast of characters who give this story a real warmth and charm that younger readers will find irresistible. Ashley King is one of my favourite emerging new illustrators, I adored his work in ‘Erica’s Elephant’ and ‘Bookshop Girl’. His illustrations ooze warmth and charm and capture perfectly the magic and joy of this gorgeous book.
You can watch the trailer here to find out more about Elsie Pickles and her weird and wonderful friends.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this enchanting read.