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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

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. 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. Book Band: Purple Ideal for ages 6+

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

In addition to our Lovereading 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 (Age )

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 (Age )

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 (Age )

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 / softback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer and storyteller. She grew up with stories from myths and epics from 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 Pattan's Pumpkin was long-listed for the North Somerset Teacher's Book Award and chosen as a book in the Power of Reading series by CLPE. Veronica Montoya is an illustrator from Alicante, a little city in the south east of Spain. She has loved drawing and painting for as long as ...

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