Wanda’s Words Got Stuck – written by Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Paula Bowles

Wanda’s Words Got Stuck – written by Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Paula Bowles, Nosy Crow, 9781536217193, c2020, 2021

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a sweet book that combines friendship, acceptance, and magic. Wanda is a nervous and quiet child witch, and has trouble talking at school. When Flo joins her class she is shy at first, and they soon become friends without needing to talk. They help each other prepare animal spells for a magic contest, and when Flo forgets the magic word, Wanda finds her voice to help her friend. Wanda is still quiet, but by the end of the book has more confidence to talk when she wants to. There is a bit of action and excitement at the magic contest when Flo and others conjure up many different animals, including a lion and a dragon. I especially liked the illustrations with magic – colors swoop in or pop out and add additional excitement to the story. 

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? I would give this to a child who is quiet or shy. I would also recommend it to readers who are looking for books about friendship and acceptance. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: July 16, 2021

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