Wizard vs. Lizard

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review

Fred comes from an exceptionally gifted magical family, but unfortunately his own wizarding skills are rather underwhelming. His washing-up and toast-making spells are disastrous and even his three-year-old sister is better at magic than he is.

Tired of being the butt of his siblings’ jokes and a disappointment to his parents, Fred decides to enter a competition where the prize is to meet Merlin, the greatest wizard of all time. Fred hopes that the legendary magician will give him some tips on how to improve his magic. The only snag is that he has to capture the tail of a fearsome fire-breathing lizard, which could prove to be extremely challenging, given his limited magical skills.

However, with encouragement from his best friend Marvin, Fred realises that other qualities, such as determination, resourcefulness and kindness, are equally as important as magic.

This is a funny, lively tale about not fitting in and having the courage to face fears head on. Children are sure to applaud Fred’s ingenuity and the idea that everyone can find their own way of doing things. Black-and-white illustrations feature throughout the chapters, bringing the likeable characters to life.

A marvellous fantasy adventure for confident independent readers. 

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