Parents' Guide to

Wishing Day

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Whimsical tale of three sisters mixes magic, family mystery.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

My daughter’s favorite book!

My daughter reads this ALL the time! It’s about three sisters and the oldest, Natasha, makes three wishes. My daughter really enjoyed reading this book and told her friends about it. Recommend

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1):

This emotionally charged fantasy could have used more magic, but the fact that girls are the ones who can be given magic makes it a positive story for and about girls. And there's a mystery beneath the magic that will surely be explored in the other books in the series. But some readers might get discouraged by the lack of the shivery coincidence that makes magic feel real or the shimmery gloss of stepping into another world. And it lacks the storyteller's grace -- and the deep friendships and rivalry -- that, for example, the Harry Potter series radiates. Instead, Natasha reports being pulled "completely away from the real world by a memory." And platitudes sprinkled throughout the story serve to distract, such as when Natasha says to a love interest, "It's hard to know what you really want sometimes, you know what I mean?"

An interesting character, the Bird Lady, appears and disappears, intrigues and confuses Natasha. But she delivers an important message when she states that "it's the girls who are full of magic." Hopefully the second book in the series will get down to the business of magic and deliver by giving the Blok sisters something really enchanting to hold onto.

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