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The Power of Poppy Pendle Paperback – September 3, 2013
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-To her parents' great mortification, Poppy is unexpectedly born in a French bakery; she couldn't possibly have had a less auspicious birth. As she grows, though, it becomes obvious that she has the rare gift of magic, and her parents couldn't be more pleased. They purchase a state-of-the-art wand and broom and enter her in the Ruthersfield Academy for Witches. While Poppy is an excellent witch, all she really wants to do is bake. When she announces to her parents that she hates magic and just wants to make treats, her parents go to the extreme to stop her, pushing her into the blackest of magic. In this sweet story about true friendship, Poppy is a likable main character. While the accompanying cast is a little flat and an evil-witch story line seems to be dropped altogether, children will like dark-side Poppy and the satisfying ending. Several recipes are included. Recommended this one to fans of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch (Viking, 1989).-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
As we all know from best-selling series, you can’t buy magical powers—you either have them or you don’t. Poppy Pendle’s parents are overjoyed when, as a baby, she creates sweets out of thin air; they want to enroll her right away in the witch academy. It soon develops, though, that Poppy’s passion is for baking, not spells, perhaps due to the fact that she was born in the town patisserie. Lowe’s diverting first novel follows the sympathetic Poppy as she tries to convince her parents not to force her to become a witch and secretly befriends a nonwitch neighbor and the patisserie’s owner. But when her parents remove the oven from their house—well, then they’ve gone too far. Lowe presents Poppy’s turn to the dark side (she transforms her parents and other creatures in her path into stone and starts consuming junk food) as both understandable and disturbing. But of course friendship and good food win out in the end. Thirteen recipes of the story’s scrumptious-sounding desserts are included. Grades 4-6. --Abby Nolan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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1) The strong-willed, smart, female lead character (Poppy).
2) The amazing message this book sends. Actually, make that messages. There's a lot we can all learn from this book, children and parents alike.
3) The underlying theme of baking - it makes me want to bake delicious treats (and inspired my daughter, too!)
4) It is smartly written. Let's face it - it's hard to find well written, modern books. Many authors dumb down their language to their younger audiences and it's just not necessary. Kids are smart. This author has a fabulous vocabulary and isn't afraid to use it.
When we (sadly) reached the end of the next book, my 6 year old sighed and said "Is there a sequel?" It's just that good.
I hope there are more books to come in this series!