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Verónica Montoya is an illustrator from Alicante, Spain. She has loved drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. Verónica studied Fine Arts in Valencia and has two masters on Digital Creation and 2D Animation. If she's not illustrating, you can find her walking by the sea with her little dog.
Book Band: Gold Ideal for ages 6+ | An amusing book about a bored little girl called Manju and a rather unsuccessful genie with a cold. This is a fun story with confusion created by the genie’s mishearing of wishes and the somewhat unusual outcomes. The humour of this is quite sophisticated, but the story can still be enjoyed, even if the humour needs to be explained, such as the genie’s mishearing of milk for silk. Although this is a fun story, the theme of kindness towards the genie and the elderly Mrs Cumin, was a nice touch and a good point for discussion. The book is written in chapters which young children love as they feel they are reading ‘real books’ and as with all books in a range, I feel it is essential that the stories are not patronising. The books should be written for the reader’s ability and not the reader’s chronological age.
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.
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