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Manju's Magic Wishes: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

Written by Chitra Soundar

Illustrated by Veronica Montoya

Part of the Bloomsbury Young Readers Series

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Manju's Magic Wishes: A Bloomsbury Young Reader Review

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Book Band: Purple Ideal for ages 6+

Short, but action-packed, Chitra Soundar’s story has all the ingredients to make a tasty, satisfying story. There’s a magic lamp, seven wishes and a genie, and it all culminates with a delicious birthday cake. Manju and her cat Cumin are puzzling about what to give Manju’s mum for her birthday when they discover a magic lamp. A genie grants them seven wishes – surely they can conjure up the perfect present now, but it proves harder than they think and takes all seven wishes to get a gift that’s just right.  In the new Bloomsbury Young Readers series this is a fun, accessible story perfect for children just getting ready to read on their own. A Tips for Grown Ups section and suggestions of fun further activities are helpful, an added bonus.

Andrea Reece

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Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes to help adults reading with children, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories.

Manju's Magic Wishes: A Bloomsbury Young Reader Synopsis

Manju wants to get a present for her Mum's birthday but Cumin her cat isn't sure about the toy elephant or robot. So when they find Grandma's magic lamp, Manju is granted seven wishes to find the best present. But each wish starts to go wrong and soon the house is filled with a rock band, aliens and pirates! Can Manju and Cumin wish for the perfect gift?

This magically humorous tale from storyteller Chitra Soundar is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features engaging illustrations from Veronica Montoya and quirky characters young readers will find hard to resist.

Manju's Magic Wishes: A Bloomsbury Young Reader Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This story brings elements from traditional tales into a modern setting to create a lively, amusing and entertaining tale about the difficulty of using a magic lamp to get exactly what you wish for. Full review

Sarah Blows

When having your wishes granted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; Manju’s Magic Wishes is a fun, accessible and engaging read. Full review

Rachel Caddick

This is a super book, easy to read, colourful and engaging. Full review


A delightful twist on the Aladdin story, contemporary illustrations and engaging storyline. Full review

Gill Parr

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ISBN: 9781472959713
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: Featherstone an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472959713
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Author: Chitra Soundar
Illustrator: Veronica Montoya
Publisher: Featherstone an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Funny
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer and storyteller. She grew up surrounded by the myths and stories of India and is inspired by its diverse culture and natural beauty. Chitra has over 30 books in print worldwide and regularly goes into schools to tell stories and conduct workshops. Her book You're Safe With Me (with illustrator Poonam Mistry) was shortlisted for the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenway Medal.

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