Friday, June 21, 2013

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders read by Jayne Entwistle

The Spoffards have inherited an old chocolate shop with living quarters from an Uncle they thought had died long ago.  They anticipated selling it, but found it much larger and nicer than the house they currently lived in.  So they sold that one instead and moved in...

Random House/Listening Library sent me a copy of this audio book for review (thank you).  It is being sold now anywhere you can purchase audio books.

Your first clue that things might not be normal is when Lily finds a lovely cat meeting them on the sidewalk.  She pets her and talks to her and is thrilled; she'd been asking for a cat.  Unfortunately, her parents can't see her and Oz wasn't looking.  Little does Lily suspect that soon she and Oz, her twin, would be off on a great adventure.

I found this audio version of the book lovely.  Ms. Entwistle does a nice light English accent and has a nice variety of tone and accents that make it great fun to listen to.  The cat is vain and has airs; she makes her sound like a fretful Queen of England.  The talking rat, Spike, sounds like a cocky little fella, plus he likes to smoke.  The author even adds in an invisible elephant.  What's not to like?

There's good action, magic, gold masks, witches, and more in this tale.  Middle graders to young adults would like it.  I really enjoyed it and I'm no youngster.  Why not get a copy and see what you think?

Happy reading.

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