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Book Review: Magic Pie

Yesterday I received a package in the mail. I had an inkling of what it contained, but my daughter did not. She is always very excited to receive mail, so I let her help me open the package. Essex based author Robyn Embrey sent us a copy of her book, Magic Pie. Also included in the package were some bookmarks, coloring pages, and a small bottle of sparkling pixie dust, which is featured in the story.

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Magic Pie, by Robyn Embry

Abby asked what was in the small bottle and I told her that it was full of pixie dust. “Mommy, Mommy, it’s blue pixie dust! My favorite color! Real pixie dust!” she shouted as she jumped about the room. “Real pixie dust, just like Tinkerbell has!”

Immediately, my daughter was begging to read the story, although I made her wait until I had finished cooking dinner. I can’t tell you how excited my three-year-old was to read the story and how difficult it was for her to have to wait. After dinner, when we’d finally dressed in pajamas and brushed their teeth, my children and I sat down together to read the new book. “Mom, the boy on the front looks like my brother!” my daughter exclaimed.

The story is about a young boy named Olly, “Like my cousin!” Abby said, who tries to cook up a magic pie.

Olly just wants to make magic pie,

One to make him magic, one to make him fly.

But he might just find where real magic lies instead,

With a box of pixie dust, beneath his mummy’s bed.

-From Magic Pie

Olly’s mother finds him mixing his concoction and tells him that she has real magic, a box of pixie dust beneath her bed. She shows him how to use the pixie dust and he finds himself carried to a magic land. There he meets several characters and kindly offers to help them find what they are searching for. I won’t go into more detail, so as not to spoil the rest of the story for you.

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My children enjoy rhyming games, so they loved the fact that the story rhymed. Sometimes with children’s books, the rhyming feels forced but in Magic Pie, it flowed nicely page by page and was easily read aloud.

The kids loved the book, in fact, we had to read it three times in a row. Abby asked when there would be a story about Olly’s little sister (I think that was a hint to the author) using magic. Afterward, they roamed about the house looking for items to use their pixie dust on.

The story was a hit in our home and I think it would be in yours too.

You can find out more about the author, Robyn Embrey, on her website, and also follow her using @robyn_embrey on Twitter.

You can find Magic Pie on Amazon for $8.99.

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Details about the book:

ISBN: 9781912021833

Publisher: Pegasus Elliot MacKenzie Publishers, Ltd.

Published: 2019

Paperback and Kindle

Length: 20 pages

Have you read this book? I would love to hear your take on the story! Let me know your opinion in the comments below.

Disclaimer: I kindly received the book and materials from the author in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation for my opinion and the views expressed above are mine and those of my family.



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