Wednesday 23 August 2023

The Wish Sisters: The Running Wish

The Wish Sisters: The Running Wish by Allison Rushby, illustrated by Karen Blair (UQP) PB RRP $12.99 ISBN: 9780702265945

Reviewed by Dannielle Viera

Flick’s baby sister, Birdie, can make wishes come true – but they are usually twisted around in some way. Dad takes Birdie to the school sports day, and Flick is concerned about what will happen. And she is right to be worried! Birdie turns herself green to support the green team, then causes Dad’s legs to spin as fast as a bicycle’s wheels. Can Flick stop Birdie from tampering with the parent–teacher race and ensuring that Dad wins unfairly?

Allison Rushby’s enchanting chapter book is ideal for kids aged five to eight who are just beginning to stretch their reading legs. Humour and magic dash across the pages, drawing youngsters through the lively story, while familiar themes of family and friendship wave merrily like bunting in the breeze.

Karen Blair’s greyscale illustrations help the text across the finish line by adding another layer of fun to the tale. Using light and shade to great effect, Karen’s comical images bring the characters to life. They also give reluctant readers some breathing room by breaking up the paragraphs.

Bewitching from the first page until the last, The Wish Sisters: The Running Wish is sure to become a favourite with kids. They will be sprinting to the library to find the other books in the series in no time.

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