Reader Reviewed The Magical Mix-Up by Zach King

The Magical Mix-Up

Written by Zach King
Illustrated by Beverly Arce

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May 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: fast-moving mix of magic, first crushes and knockabout humour |

Zach King’s family have magical powers, and for a glorious short couple of weeks he did too. Now though, he’s back to being a normal kid, with no way to create the mind-blowing spectacles that won him thousands of Youtube views. There’s another blow when a cool new kid asks Zach’s friend and crush Rachel to the school dance. Can Zach borrow his family’s magic to prove that he’s still the guy for her? The action is fast and funny, especially when the borrowed magic proves harder for Zach to control than expected. Pages of text are interspersed with colour pictures and cartoon strip style illustration, and this is another classic school caper given a quirky, appealing contemporary twist. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review book one in the series, My Magical Life. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Seren Daly, age 11 - 'Zach King is the only normal one in his family. He has lots of adventures with his friends and ends up finding his own special power...This book is an amazing mix of funniness and magic. I couldn’t put it down.'
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 10 - 'Great book with cartoons and action. Both my sister and I loved it.'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 10 - 'I enjoyed this book so much, I couldn't put it down. A definite page turner, adventurous and magical!'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 11 - 'A fun, magical story with brilliant comic style illustrations. You just want to keep on reading and there is an app, which really brought the story to life.'
  • Reuben Beer, Yr 8 - Great Torrington School - 'My thoughts on the book were really good. I would recommend it to someone in the year below because it is not a challenging read because it has lots of pictures in it.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 12 - 'This book was really funny and I really enjoyed reading it. I recommend it to readers aged 8+ as most of it was easy to read and the comic format is really good for younger readers. I give it 10/10.'
  • Luca DeFreitas, age 9 - 'I enjoyed reading this book because it was absolutely hilarious.'
  • Isabella Mason, age 9- Redmaids Primary School - 'it was fun to read and the pictures made the story really come to life.'
  • Conor Lobban, age 9 - 'What a magical, adventurous story where the pictures actually come alive!'


The Magical Mix-Up by Zach King

The second book in the middle-grade series from the mega-talented Zach King, full of laughs, zany action, fun characters and magic. Zach is one of the biggest stars on Instagram, with 17.2 million followers.

The My Magical Life series will soon be a Dreamworks movie!

About the Author

Zach King is a modern magician, wowing online audiences with his inventive, playful and mind-boggling stop-motion film-making. Zach has worked with the biggest youth targeted brands in the world, from Crayola and Lego to Disney. Outside of traditional celebrities, Zach King is the most followed social media account in the world. Every week a video made by Zach is viewed 27 Million times.My Magical Life is Zach's first novel.

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Book Info


192 pages
Interest Age: From 8 to 12 years


Zach King
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Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd May 2018




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