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Rita wants a Genie

Written by Máire Zepf

Illustrated by Mr Ando

Part of the Rita Series

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Rita wants a Genie Review

Family / Home Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers

A vibrant, character-driven story about thinking things through.

This zesty addition to Maire Zepf’s Rita series sees imaginative Rita discover that getting what you want isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that sharing experiences can be better than going it alone.

“Rita has the best ideas. And she loves to be in charge”, which means she struggles when people won’t do as they’re told. Always determined to find solutions to life’s problems, Rita decides she needs a genie, because “a genie always does what you want, no matter what”. A genie also gives you whatever you want – a magic carpet, a golden palace, jewels – and, as Rita enthuses, “you won’t even have to share if you don’t want to”.

True to form, Rita realises that her plan might be flawed. “Genies don’t just have one master, do they?”, and other’s people’s wishes might conflict with her own. Packed with energy and emotion, this is a great story to share aloud with toddlers who are learning about sharing.


The series includes;

Rita wants a Witch

Rita wants a Robot 

Rita wants a Ninja

Rita wants a Fairy Godmother 

Rita wants a Dragon

Rita wants a Genie

Find out more about the series from author Máire Zepf.


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Rita wants a Genie Synopsis

Meet Rita. She’s a little girl with very big ideas.

Rita wants a genie who will obey her every command and give her all that she dreams of.

Alacazam! Alacazee! Zim! Zam! Alacazoo! But what if someone else gets their hands on the genie?

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ISBN: 9781802580464
Publication date: 28/04/2022
Publisher: Graffeg Limited
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781802580464
Publication date: 28th April 2022
Author: Máire Zepf
Illustrator: Mr Ando
Publisher: Graffeg Limited
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 28 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Collections: Rita Wants....Our Series of the Month,

About Máire Zepf

Máire Zepf has written 12 books for children, from picture books to a YA verse novel. Winner of the KPMG Children’s Book of the Year, the Réics Carló Award and a White Raven in 2020, her books appear in 8 languages worldwide. The Co. Down author was the first Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at QUB (2017-19). She is Artistic Director for Quotidian - Word on the Street. About her series, Máire said, ‘Rita is ...

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