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Mould, Chris: A Spindlewood Tale: Pip and the Wood Witch Curse.

Mould, Chris

A Spindlewood Tale: Pip and the Wood Witch Curse

Illustrated by the author

Hodder, 2011, pp156, 4.99 [pounds sterling]

978 0 340 97069 0

Pip has only known life in the orphanage. However, now he is going to be sent to sea in a pirate ship. Pip does not want to go to sea, so he escapes by hiding in one of the wagons of a travelling theatre show. When he arrives at Hangman's Hollow, he thinks that he is safe, but his troubles have only just begun. Pip is pursued by Mister Jarvis, an evil and frightening man who catches children. These children are supposed to be handed over to the town's authorities, but Jarvis is in league with a far worse enemy--the supernatural forest creatures. Pip is saved by Sam, the innkeeper. In turn, Pip and Sam's son, Toad, rescue a young girl, Frankie, but the battle is far from won ...

Pip and the Wood Witch Curse is the first book in the 'Spindlewood Tales' series. The story is extremely enjoyable. It is imaginative and intriguing, with some clever and sinister illustrations that are reminiscent of Mervyn Peake's style. The whole book gives the reader a sense of foreboding and of things not being as they should. However, there is also a strong sense of hope and that things can be changed through the bravery of children such as Toad and Pip. It is an exciting read, and creates a thrilling sense of adventure in a scary world that will appeal to both boys and girls.

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Author:Rayner, Andrea
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Article Type:Children's review
Date:Jun 22, 2011
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