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The Magic Story Shop

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This is Clara's favourite place in the whole world. Here, Clara can settle down and get lost in one of the many books, joke around with Gustaf the rhyming cat, and get advice from Mr King the talking mirror. Not only does Mrs Owl love to give out chocolate cake, she also has a book tip for every mood. But when an antiques dealer claims the mirror is actually his and tries ...more
Published October 3rd 2019 by Oneworld Publications
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Annemieke De
The German author Katja Frixe wrote in 2016 the childrensbook Der Zauberhafte Wunschbuchladen, wich recently has been translated into the English book: The Magic Story Shop.

At first the book seems to have a promissing character. Especially for those who love books and books about books. this shall apear to be magical. Because Mrs. Owls bookshop is a very special one, with the cat that makes rhymes and a talking mirror. That propably is the reason for Clara and her best friend to spend as much o
Ileana Renfroe
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The children's book The Magic Story Shop by Katja Frixe is a delightful story about best friends, a magical book shop and a talking cat. How can you go wrong with that, right?

Description: This is Clara’s favourite place in the whole world. Here, Clara can settle down and get lost in one of the many books, joke around with Gustaf the rhyming cat, and get advice from Mr King the talking mirror. Not only does Mrs Owl love to give out chocolate cake, she also has a book tip for every mood. But when
Daisy Dooley
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Magic Story Shop is a charming children's book about the magic of stories, friendship, loneliness and hope. Clara's favourite place in the world is Mrs Owl's bookshop, complete with a talking cat Gustav, and Mr King, a talking mirror. Her favourite person is her best friend Lottie. But after Lottie's parents split up, Lottie has to move away and Clara is bereft. She finds solace in the bookshop, and discovers that distance cannot come between those who are true friends. She also makes a new ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clara's best friend has to move away. She has a new classmate sitting next to her. Her only refuge seems to be Mrs Owl's magical bookshop - and magical truly means magical. There's a rhyming cat, a talking mirror, cookery books smell to attract new readers, for example. Clara loves to hide here and explore new worlds between the covers of books.

The story, however, is about friendship and family. About how to keep in contact with people who are important to us and how to make new friends.

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Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So magical! I enjoyed this middle grade book (3rd-5th, maybe 6th) Not many illustrations, just enough to make it entertaining for younger reader. The story itself was cute; best buds are soon to be parted as one is moving far away with her mother, as her mother is upset at having always running into her ex with his new squeeze (small town). A talking cat, magic mirror and a most amazing bookstore (why, oh, why can't places like this really exist!) and it's owners figure in this really fun tale o ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful kids book for the middle grades. It is set in a magical book shop where there is a talking Mirror called Mr King and other talking animals and objects. Mrs Owl Owns the shop and brings the joy of books to the people who come in. Clara is a young girl who has found the wonders of this shop and when one of her new friends is in trouble she helps to make things right. Love the characters in this book fun storyline shows kids how to care about friends and be there when they need ...more
Kimberly Souza
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a very sweet middle grade book. I loved the touches of whimsy and magic woven throughout the story. Friendship is the focal point in this book, and also the message of not judging others. I felt the characters really come to life, but I think the book could have done without the "bad guy"/mirror storyline. Overall a really fun read, and one I would recommend to young readers.
Andrea Wright
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so cute for a middle grade chapter book! Fantastic themes of best friends and dealing with changes and making more friends. Of course the best part is all the bits of magic in the bookstore and I hope there will be more stories to find out more about the magic!
Jenna Nelson
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick wee read of this children's fiction book. It was a very good story about friendship, family and magic. Children would love this book as it had little illustrations every so often and the story was easy to read
Kriz M
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a cute and magical middle grade story. Loved it.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Teresa Grabs
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic middle grade story about books, magic, and friendship. This book will appeal to many young readers.
Monica Shastri
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Loved the magical bookshop
Mary Rees
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this gentle story which has at its heart themes of friendship and family. This would be a perfect read for children of 7+.
The story is written in the wonderfully talkative style of Clara who must say goodbye to her best friend, Lottie as she is moving to another town with her mum due to a difficult family situation. Of course, the best friends do not want to be parted and where better to hide out than their favourite place: Mrs Owl’s Story Shop. The bookshop is a special a
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