Maggie Sparks and the School of Slime
by Steve Smallman
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Pub Date 16 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 13 Jun 2023
Maggie Sparks does NOT want to go to a new school!
Especially not one with mean students and a teacher she is sure is a VAMPIRE.
But Maggie has no choice. When their school gets closed down, she and Arthur are forced to go to Peregrine Primary. Thankfully, Maggie’s a super powerful, super smart, super talented witch. Maggie plans to use her powers to get out of going to the nightmare new school – one way or another.
All she needs is a little magic …
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Quick Summary: A magical experience with loads of laughs, insane hi-jinks, and meaningful messages galore
My Review: Maggie Sparks and the School of Slime by Steve Smallman with illustrations by Esther Hernando was a delightful mix of magical antics and humorous mayhem.
In this series installment, we learn that Maggie and her adorable best friend, Arthur, are faced with a whole new challenge of epic proportions (Just add a bit of sludge, some slime, and a spot of yuck yuck, and you'd be pretty close to figuring things out.). As a result, they will need to make some very necessary changes. Though they both rally on, as best as they can, under the circumstances, they soon realize some hard truths. Can magic save the day, or will it backfire on them?
One of the most beautiful things about this book is the illustrations. They are so playful and captivating. The art adds just the right amount of hilarity, helping to advance the story and giving a visual voice to the story.
My Final Say: Ever enchanting, Maggie Sparks makes everything exciting. I love this character! Without fail, she leaps before looking, but thankfully, she ultimately learns from her mistakes. (Well, she learns with the help of her family and her best friend.) Still, Maggie plus magic equals a funny, haha experience every time.
Other: This book ended akin to a cliffhanger. When I reached the end, I found myself wanting to see what came next. 🤓
Rating: 5/5 magical stars ✨
Audience: Ages 7 and up
Thanks to the author and to the publisher for granting access to this title in exchange for an honest review.
I just finished reading Maggie Sparks and the School of Slime and absolutely loved it! It was such a fun read, the pages just flew by. And the illustrations are adorable.
I took some time to admire the whimsical rendering of all the cute characters in this story. The quality of the artwork in the book earns it some extra points for sure.
Maggie and her best friend Arthur are an odd couple that complement each other well. Maggie and her family are (secretly) magical, whereas Arthur is a Muggle prone to worrying about things - not least what Maggie might suddenly say or do without warning!
Due to subsidence (and boy, do we have some fun with *this* word in the book!), Maggi and Arthur must attend a new school after theirs is shut down. Highly resistant to the idea of studying at this posh establishment, Maggie becomes convinced that their new teacher is in fact a vampire! Arthur's take on her is a little different...
But hands down, my favourite character in the book is in fact Maggie's pet chameleon, Bat - beautifully drawn in the illustrations - who is also her chief sidekick, and ends up playing an unexpected role in Maggie's plans!
I give this book 5 stars, and really look forward to reading about Maggie's next adventure.