Witchlet

Rated 4.54/5 based on 13 reviews
In a world where everyone thinks witches are warty old women, a powerful and short tempered 9 year old is trying to find her place in the world, and make amends for something that happened when she was only 3. More
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About Victoria Zigler

Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children's author. Born and raised in the shadow of the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, she moved away from Wales three times: once to spend six months living in Alberta, Canada, the other times to spend a few years living near Hastings on the South-East coast of England, UK, each time returning to Wales. Now she lives in Wales again, along with a chinchilla named Mollie, a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie, a Cavapoo named Logan, a Hermann’s Tortoise named Artemis, and her Canadian husband, Kelly.

Despite spending far more time than she’d have liked in hospital, and eventually losing her sight to Congenital Glaucoma, Victoria - or Tori, if you prefer - has been writing since she knew how, with no plans to stop any time soon. So far she has published nine poetry books and 46 children’s books, all of which are available from a variety of online retailers in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only. Additionally, Tori’s Hermann’s Tortoise, Artemis, was featured in both the Magnificent Pets Coloring Book For Children and the Magnificent Pets Mandala Coloring Book For Adults, which are available via Praise My Pet.

Vegan due to both a love for animals and dairy allergy, as well as an Eclectic Pagan, Tori describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time, but is most likely to be found playing with her petkids, curled up somewhere with a cup of tea and a book, or trying to keep one step ahead of those pesky typo fairies while writing her own books.

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About the Series: Magical Chapters Trilogy
The adventures of Paige the witchlet and Daisy the dragon.

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Reviews

Gita V.Reddy reviewed on May 15, 2014

Even a witchlet, an apt word to define a nine year old witch, needs to be her own person. She needs acceptance, and unconditional love.
The story is told well and does not at all flow along expected lines. i found it very enjoyable. The book will also work as a bedtime read aloud story..
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Michael Morris reviewed on April 27, 2014

A very charming story for children with a relevent theme. I like the vegetarian dragon, but I should point out that it is "animals" that vegetarians don't eat, not "meat". Calling them "meat" buys into the carnist world view.

The style could be improved with a bit more proofreading; a few repeated words and phrases here or there, but overall a very readable fantasy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
David Staniforth reviewed on March 26, 2014

This is the charming story of Paige, a nine year old girl who is struggling to fit in because she happens to be a witch. While I do think the story could be longer, in particular an encounter that Paige has with a vegetarian dragon, I have to take into account that it is written for children, and is a perfect length and depth of prose for an introduction to fantasy for a young reader.

Well worth a read for those with young children, or for adults that still have that child within.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Monica Call reviewed on Nov. 16, 2013

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this sweet story! I plan on letting my 7 yo daughter read it, she will love it! It is about a 9 year old little girl that is a very powerful witch. She deals with people not treating her with the respect she feels she deserves because she is so young as well as an Aunt that despises her for a mistake she made when she was 3. Witchlet teaches about acceptance of others, even when they are very different than the so-called "norm".
People of all ages will enjoy this story!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Emma White reviewed on Oct. 30, 2013

I got this book as a read for review.

I did not realise how short this book was when I said I would read it. It was too short for my liking. If it was inlcuded in a book of short stories then it would be good, but as one by itself I was not too keen. I am not a short story fan. The writing was good and the idea behind the story was inspired, if the author had put more thought into and wrote a full length book I can almost garentee that it would become a favourite of mine. But as it is, I will not be reading it again. Sorry. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it but the length is an issue I cannot look past.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Chris The Story Reading Ape reviewed on Jan. 7, 2013

Have you ever noticed that when you hear the term 'Witch', you automatically think of a grey haired, gaunt-faced, warty, scary old woman who wears a black, long sleeved dress with an equally black, tall pointed hat, gets about by riding on a willow garden-brush type broom and is usually accompanied by a black cat?

Paige is none of these things, she is 9 years old, has long blonde hair, dresses in normal clothes, travels by foot, or, if in a hurry, gets the wind to fly her and has a vegetarian Dragon called Daisy as a friend!

This is a pleasant little introduction to the Magical Chapters Trilogy, well thought out and written in a descriptive, Hans Christian Anderson like, language children will understand and can use to allow their imaginations to take hold.

Even though I am well past my sell-by date, the child in me is looking forward to reading Victoria's next book in the series, The Pineapple Loving Dragon.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Rafaella Litvin reviewed on Jan. 5, 2013

A very nice little story about magic and acceptance. The storytelling is fluid and suited to the genre. It is impossible not to like the witchlet Paige, rolling her eyes at people and not wanting to have a curfew. I'm sure every kid would love the read. And isn't there a kid in all of us?
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Emma Jackson reviewed on Jan. 5, 2013

Paige is only nine years old but she is a powerful witch, able to control the elements and heal people. That should be any young girls dream but either people can't believe she is capable of such magic because she is so young or they expect her to be evil. This children's book deals with Paige's frustration and how she learns to handle other peoples prejudices.

Using very concise and clear prose, Witchlet tells a well developed story and provides a good character arc for Paige. She is very believable as both a frustrated little girl and powerful witch. I liked the idea of a child witch not only learning to cope with her powers but how the adults around her behave and I think this would appeal to kids whilst also being thought-provoking. The book leads to a satisfactory conclusion whilst also introducing characters of interest for the rest of the series.

The only reason I could not give a full five stars is because I am not the target audience, being an adult and therefore it is difficult for me to judge how much a child would enjoy the book. I think it would have been lovely if there were some pictures to illustrate the story as it would be great to see Paige calling up and riding the wind but at the same time there is plenty of description to create the image in your own mind.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Karl Mousley reviewed on Sep. 6, 2012

Victoria has an intriguing outlook on life- and her stories have that unique perspective. Highly recommended!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Stephanie Fletcher reviewed on July 12, 2012

Loved this story about a young witch and her trials and tribulations as she struggles to gain acceptance. A story that emphasises the difficultly of crosses boundaries and preconceptions, well written, descriptive and captures the imagination. I hope there is more to come about this little young witch! Well done Tori!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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