Book Review: Clara’s Search for Magic by Alexis Hunter *

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We pride ourselves as book worms and are really proud that our kids are just like us and love reading books. We find reading is a great way for kids to spend their time instead of watching TV or playing on the tablet. We find it easier as well just to bring a book along with us when we travel to keep them entertained without worrying about battery power.  Children’s book author, Alexis Hunter recently contacted us to feature her book called Clara’s Search for Magic which is aimed at kids aged 7 to 9-years-old.  So hope you enjoy reading our review with loads of input from our kids as well.

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Our girls sat and read the book and it was great size for little hands to hold. They picked it up with ease and read it from cover to cover without putting it down.  Madeline read the book on her own and then again to her brother.  Anouk loved it so much so that she re-told it to straight away, sharing about the characters and how we are all magic as its what’s in our hearts that is magic.  She truly felt that she understood the concept of the story.  It took the girls about 20 minutes for them to finish reading the book and it was clear that they both really enjoyed the story.  From a parent’s  point of view it was a lovely concept to think that we all hold a bit of magic. The illustrations by Ira Baykovska was drawn with crayon and are enchantingly child like. We  always find that stories with illustrations that are simple and colourful are much more pleasing to children.
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Verdict:
  • Overall the book is a nice addition to our collection and will be easily read again at bedtimes.
  • We noticed a small typo error in the book on the second page – mostordinary has been written instead of most ordinary but otherwise the book is beautifully written and illustrated
  •  In terms of it being age appropriate, it was perfect and easy to read which we think is important when you want to encourage your children to enjoy reading by themselves.
  • Our girls’ only critique was that the story meant that these people weren’t truly magic. Having read the book ourselves,we realise that there is a deeper meaning to it ie there are truly magical people in the book but also people who posses magic in their hearts
  • The vocabulary in the book is straight forward and easy to read, it didn’t pose much challenge for someone who is a good reader
  • We loved that the book shares of the idea that if children dream enough they will achieve what ever they desire
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About the Book

The headmaster of the School of Magic tells Clara that she is too ordinary to perform magic. Clara must set off on an adventure to meet a host of magical characters and discover where their magic came from in order to find her own.

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1539930846
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.2 x 21.6 cm

About the Author

Alexis Hunter is made of everyday magic. She was born in 1980 and lives in the North of England with her husband. By day she pretends to be a serious person and works in the legal profession and by night, she writes fantastical tales, bakes delicious cakes and sings out of tune.

About the Illustrator

The illustrator, Ira Baykovska is from Ukraine and has illustrated several books. Her illustration was bright and child like using the crayon colour pencils technique. In a time full of computer generated block colour its a nice contrast and also adds quite a bit of depth to the images.

How do I get a copy of the book and how much is it?
A copy of the book can be purchased via Amazon here for £5.99.

 

You may also want to read: Book review: Wise(ish) Words for Kids from The Book of Everyone

 

* We were given two copies of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own.

49 Comments

  1. bryanna skye
    March 7, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    I love that the main character has red hair — when I was growing up the only character I saw who had the same hair colour as me was Ariel from Little Mermaid and Pippi Longstocking! sounds like a great read for kids

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 7, 2018 / 7:00 pm

      Yes the kids loved it Bryanna, it was such a fun read

  2. March 7, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    This sounds like a great read and I love the idea of the message behind it

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Yes super message behind the story Joanna

  3. March 7, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    sounds like a winner, and such a bargain too. Getting our children into reading is so important, I wish I had done it more when i was younger

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Its never too late Rebecca, find something that you like and read

  4. March 8, 2018 / 12:10 am

    I love books with such a positive message like this. I think it’s a good read for the kids and I love how it looks! It’s definitely worth getting for kids who are just starting to discover their love for reading.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Yes we agree, our kids love anything thats magic

  5. March 8, 2018 / 10:46 am

    It’s good that your girls are into reading so much! I absolutely loved reading as a kid but I just don’t seem to get as much time now x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Yes we agree, time is a big factor but we encourage them to read as much as we are able to

  6. March 8, 2018 / 11:45 am

    This book sounds fabulous and I love the fact you have included some information about the author. My boys are so into reading which is wonderful to see in young ones. It should always be fun to read 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks Lynne, we always try to as we ourselves are curious about book authors. Yes we agree.

  7. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    March 8, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    This book looks really attractive. I bet my kids would love this for her birthday. I will check this in the bookstore.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 7:03 pm

      Thanks Angela, you can get it from our link via Amazon

  8. March 8, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    Sounds like a fab little story. Love that your kids are so into reading, my son is too and it makes me so proud

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 7:03 pm

      Yes we are really proud of their love for reading as well

  9. March 8, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Sounds like a lovely and beautifully illustrated story. My daughter would have liked this when she was little.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Yes she would have Elizabeth

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 9:43 pm

      I am sure they would Katy, hope you get a copy x

  10. March 9, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I do love reading children’s books as most have teaching messages that we as adults seem to have forgotten as we’ve grown

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Yes totally agree, we love to read the books to our kids too at times, so we get to know more about the book

  11. March 9, 2018 / 10:31 am

    It does sound like a lovely story and one that my little one would love. x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      Yes its so magical and fun to read

  12. March 9, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    I love the look of the main character of this book, it makes her special and different from the other “blonde haired princesses” from children’s book.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      Yes lots of people love her red hair and quirky character

  13. March 9, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Perfect timing, I was looking for a book to gift to my friends daughter – so this is a must purchase – she will love this x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Melanie, hope she enjoys the book as much as we did.

  14. March 9, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Sounds like a great book for young children although I think the typo would annoy me

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      True, but just a small error and I don’t think it bothered the kids much.

  15. March 9, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Oh this looks like a lovely read! We love reading and she looks like such a lovable character!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Yes the characters in the book are so full of live and kids enjoyed changing their voices when they read it

  16. March 9, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    This book looks so cute! Can’t believe there’s a typo though!! Great illustrations though!

  17. March 9, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    Love this book review. My daughter loves reading she loves nothing more than curling up beside me and reading i was the same at her age. My sons are more like their dad love factual things especially when it is about coding and computer stuff.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 10, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      I am sure you feel great too whe you read to your kids, book in their own right are so magical

  18. March 10, 2018 / 12:54 am

    Yay a red hair main character!!
    Sounds like a great book and pretty cheap at £5.99!!!

    Kelly

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 10, 2018 / 10:53 pm

      Yup, we love the red hair too and the book price!

  19. March 10, 2018 / 7:14 am

    As an illustrator, I always love seeing children’s picture books that are still created in traditional media – especially colored pencil are quite rare!
    Also, it sounds like the message is actually quite deep and multi-layered, with the concept of magic both as ‘real’ magic and internal power. Perfect as a basis for talking about empowerment and wishes with children, I imagine!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 10, 2018 / 10:52 pm

      You’ve said it perfectly Evelyne, glad you enjoyed the post x

  20. March 10, 2018 / 8:13 am

    This looks like the type of book my nieces would adore, although a little younger than the guided age they love anything with magic in so I am sure would love to be read this at bedtime and I am positive they would love the illustrations! 💕

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 10, 2018 / 10:50 pm

      Yes magic is so wonderful and at that young age, they believe that magic exists

  21. March 10, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    I love childrens’ books that show and read positive representation! I will have to purchase this book for my friend’s little girl’s birthday! This makes a great gift!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 10, 2018 / 10:48 pm

      Thanks Candice, yes its a lovely gift and the price is not expensive as well

  22. March 10, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    Wow, this is really so positive. I would’ve loved this when I was little!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 12, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Well not too late to get a copy for your neices or friend’s children. Its affordable too

  23. March 13, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    We are big on stories that carry a message my favourite for that is Abracazebra have you read It?

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 14, 2018 / 10:02 am

      No we have not yet Nicolette, but we will look out for it

  24. March 16, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Such a cute book I wished I read this when I was tiny!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      Never too old Ashadah, you can get a copy for your family

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