www.22gigantes.com - Roald Dahl meets Eva Ibbotson in this hilarious middle grade debut * "Fifth-grader Rupert Campbell lives in a world that combines Roald Dahl’s Witches and Louis Sachar’s Wayside School. Readers will banish themselves from the ordinary world to finish this book in a flash." --Kirkus s, starred reviewRupert Campbell is fascinated by the witches who live nearby. He dreams of broomstick tours and souvenir potions, but the closest he can get to a witchy experience is sitting in class with his awful teacher Mrs. Frabbleknacker, who smells like bellybutton lint and forbids Rupert’s classmates from talking to each other before, during, and after class. So when he sees an ad to become a witch’s apprentice, Rupert simply can’t resist applying. But Witchling Two isn’t exactly what Rupert expected. With a hankering for lollipops and the magical aptitude of a toad, she needs all the help she can get to pass her exams and become a full-fledged witch. She’s determined to help Rupert stand up to dreadful Mrs. Frabbleknacker too, but the witchling's magic will be as useful as a clump of seaweed unless Rupert can figure out a way to help her improve her spellcasting—and fast!
Most helpful customer reviews 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair By Dustin Earl (Erythen) Rupert Campbell is in the worst 5th grade class imaginable. His teacher, Mrs. Frabbleknacker is as awful as her name. She makes her students dig through garbage for a paper clip, dissect frogs, and perform otherworldly science experiments. None of the students are permitted to speak to one another, even outside of class, and if they do she gives them brutal punishments.Rupert is lonely and misses his friends, but doesn’t dare cross his teacher. He has an unhealthy fascination with the witches that live in town, but his mother insists he stay away from them.Rupert’s curiosity gets the better of him and everything changes when he answers an ad for a witch’s apprentice. Instead of a real witch though, Rupert finds Witchling Two, an adolescent who has difficulty casting spells, and is only a few weeks away from her witches bar exam. If she fails, she’ll lose all her magic, the witches will force her to leave town, and Rupert would lose his only friend.Now Rupert must help Witchling Two pass her exam while avoiding the other witches who don’t approve of their friendship. If they catch him, they’ll bring him to the evil Fairfoul Witch who’d boil his toes, turn him into stone, or worse.—I don’t normally read middle grade, especially not books written for the lower end of the spectrum. I admit the cover caught my eye. In all, I am very impressed.I almost never laugh at written jokes, but Lauren Magaziner brilliantly weaved them into her piece. Although the humor targets elementary aged children, I found myself chuckling from time to time.The only difficulty I encountered was accepting that this book was intended for an audience much younger than myself. The magic, town and circumstances make no sense, but that’s to be expected when writing for this age group, and fortunately after the first few chapters I was fully involved in the story.There’s no objectionable material and this book is safe for all audiences. If you like nonsensical silliness with a dash of magic and the ever-constant threat of bunny attack, yeah, that’s right, bunny attack, then I highly recommend The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. What a great start - such a fun, fun book! By bestwhit I'm only a quarter or so through this book, but I am hooked! It brings me back to a feeling of childhood silliness and wonderment, and I can really sense Magaziner's influence from JK Rowling and other child authors in the work. It's just a fun book, period. The jokes are goofy, the characters are silly, and it's an exquisite story for all of us children at heart. I can't wait to finish it (if only I had more time)! 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Long live Witchling 2! By Heidi Schulz Normally a comparison to my beloved Roald Dahl would make me roll my eyes but in this case it's an apt description. Like Dahl, this book is a little bit dark (but not in a truly frightening way) and utterly hilarious. A favorite this year. See all 23 customer reviews...
From School Library Journal Gr 4–6—Rupert Campbell is a fifth grader in Mrs. Frabbleknacker's class. She's the meanest teacher in school; she discourages her students from becoming friends and forces them to participate in gross projects. Rupert's mother doesn't make his life any easier, insisting that he avoid the one thing that fascinates him most—witches. When Rupert sees an ad for a witch's apprentice in the local paper, curiosity gets the best of him. Witching Two couldn't be further from his expectations. Her difficulty with spells and potions lead the duo through a series of hijinks. As their friendship forms, each agrees to help with the other's greatest challenge, be it passing a series of exams to become a full-fledged witch or standing up to a truly terrifying teacher. This friendship is the story's strongest element, as the two characters help each other through their toughest battles. Mrs. Frabbleknacker is as awful as her name, with antics reminiscent of scenes from Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Follett, 1978) gone wrong. There is a similar undercurrent of silliness in this book, including some of Witching Two's strange beliefs and aversion to bunnies. A solid choice for libraries looking to bolster their collection of lower-reading-level, middle-grade fiction.—Nicole Signoretta Sutton, Kingston Elementary School, Cherry Hill, NJ * "Fifth-grader Rupert Campbell lives in a world that combines Roald Dahl’s Witches and Louis Sachar’s Wayside School. Readers will banish themselves from the ordinary world to finish this book in a flash." --Kirkus s, starred review"A fun, frothy story that will, well, charm its readers."--Publishers Weekly"Ideal for middle-grade readers who love Roald Dahl’s Matilda and enjoy humor with their fantasy, this debut novel is madcap and fantastical. It’s the perfect thing for kids not quite ready for Diane Duane or Madeleine L’Engle." --Booklist"Eva Ibbotson fans will appreciate the quirky humor." --BCCB"A hilarious, light-hearted debut!" --Library Media Connection About the Author Lauren Magaziner recently graduated from Hamilton College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works in children's publishing. This is her first book.
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