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Polly a Buster: Čarodejnica rebelka a citlivá príšerka

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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Prvý diel novej fantasy série prináša úžasný príbeh o tom, čo je v živote dôležité – o priateľstve a nádeji.

Vo svete, v ktorom je neprípustné, aby sa čarodejnice kamarátili s príšerami, sa Polly a Busterovi darí udržať svoje priateľstvo v tajnosti. Pravidelne sa stretávajú na obrovskom starom strome opretom o vysoký kamenný múr medzi pozemkami, na ktorých stoja ich domy, a
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 2021 by IKAR a.s. (first published June 2017)
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Marie the Librarian
I liked this a lot. It had such a nice warm humor and feeling.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
Many have felt unfairly treated at some point in their lives and had complicated friendships. Polly is one of them ...

Polly is a girl who has many problems to struggle with. She is doing it bad at school, especially when it comes to elixirs, something she doesn't master very well. She doesn't have any friends at school because she's too strange, something that her sister is ashamed of. She's also not good at reading. But fortunately she has Buster, her monster friend. The problem is that they mu
Melanie Schubert
I haven't really been doing book reviews lately, but finishing this book this afternoon re-inspired me to do one. I suppose it helps when you have met the author and she is just as delightful as the books she writes.
If I had primary age children, this is exactly what I would be reading them. It is also the perfect book for children who might not be confident enough readers to read something like Harry Potter yet, but really REALLY want to read about monsters and witches and all manner of wild an
Kelly Sgroi
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My seven-year-old daughter read this book. Devoured it in two nights.
Not only does it look like the most adorable book. Destined for classic status. It captivated her with the whimsical illustrations and embellishments throughout.
Already a fan of Billie B Brown, my daughter enjoyed the extra depth of this story. She couldn't wait to tell me all about it. The ending apparently was (edge of your seat) amazing. She couldn't put it down.
She loved the characters and wants to read it again. Very int
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades
3.5 rounded up! Great message and fair world building for 3rd-5thish crowd. Perfect for kids interested in Harry Potter, fantasy, wonder, etc. The themes of friendship, right and wrong, and kindness presented are sure to plant seeds and start conversations with your readers!
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, 2019, 2017, witches
Polly and Buster weren't supposed to be friends on account of monsters and witches not getting along. But their friendship just tugs at your heartstrings. Polly is insecure about her inability to cast spells, she seems to believe that the reason the words swim across the page for her is due to not focusing as hard as the rest of her classmates. As a speech pathologist, it was pretty clear to me that she's dyslexic, but for a young reader, this wasn't really explained as clearly as I would've hop ...more
L-J Lacey
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was happy when I heard Sally Rippin was coming out with a middle fiction book. When I heard her read from the book and saw some of the illustrations I was excited. Then I read it. I was totally bowled over. I knew Sally could write but I'd never seen anything of this calibre from her before. This book goes beyond her beautiful writing and innate ability to construct perfect turns of phrase.

What struck me most was the depth of the story. On one level it's as simple as the Billie B Brown stories
Judy Wollin
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Polly’s best friend is a monster. That goes against the grain. Witches are not friends with monsters everyone knows that. Polly is ridiculed and bullied because she is friends with Buster. She denies her friendship and Buster is heartbroken.
Who are Polly’s real friends? What does Polly do to fix the mess?

I enjoyed the story of two different friends. The book addresses diversity, friendship and loyalty subtlety and the pace of the story makes this a fun read.

Recommended for 8+. The themes warrant
Bill Nickeas
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I enjoyed reading this book together. It felt a potion made by a young Harry Potter with a fair dose of new age emotional resilience and managing feelings thrown in the pot. Light and fluffy. Perfect fare for before bedtime or to read to your Year 2 class. Polly and Buster's friendship saves each of them at different stages of the novel. ...more
Anna Davidson
A fun story with great messages about friendship, loyalty and individual differences. Great for middle primary book discussion groups. Can't wait for the sequel. ...more
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Polly and Buster have been best friends forever. But lately their parents have told them that they are too old to be playing with each other. Monsters don’t play with witches and witches don’t play with monsters.

On a school trip to the museum one day, Polly sees Buster’s monster class is on his own school trip. Buster waves out to Polly, but she ignores him while she is with her classmates. This quickly changes as Buster’s secret is revealed. He is a feeling monster, and he shra
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the very first pages readers will relate to the struggles that Polly experiences in class. No matter how hard she tries she just can’t do what other witches her age can do; her spells are mixed up and she makes lots of mistakes. It doesn’t help that her older sister is a perfect witch. She doesn’t have any witch friends but she does have a wonderful relationship with her neighbour Buster, a monster who has a unique ability to grow or shrink depending on his emotions. Sadly, in their town wi ...more
Julie Garner
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This book is destined to become a classic. Polly and Buster is a beautiful tale of friendship between two people who shouldn't really be friends. Polly is a Witch and Buster is a Monster. They have grown up together and are now secret friends because they are two parts of the one whole. When their secret is exposed, what will they do? How will they handle it?
I found this book to be very moving as Polly comes to an awareness of her world. She has some tough decisions to make that could very well
A delightful story for middle primary readers that deals with a range of complex issues typical of the age group including bullying, peer pressure, risk taking, friendship and being true to yourself. Artfully portrayed through the frowned upon friendship between a witch and a monster, Sally Rippin avoids sentimentality or sermon like messages by harnessing the fantasy characters to provide humour and tension to tell this story. Good fun as Polly messes up spells and Buster gets (literally) carri ...more
I absolutely adored this book! It's a precious story about a struggling witch and a feelings monster who are best friends. Both witch and monster feel different from their peers-- Polly's dyslexia makes school difficult and Buster's feels things deeply when monsters are supposed to be unfeeling. The two of them only find comfort in each other, but witches aren't supposed to be friends with monsters. This is a wonderful book that explores so many topics in a way that's easy to understand and supe ...more
Bozhena Levine
What a delightful series! I won the whole trilogy from Kane Miller EDC Publishing and am immensely grateful to them for the sheer delight and pure adventure I had while I simply ingested this middle-grade series in one sitting. This book introduces us to Polly (witch) and Buster (monster) and their secret friendship in the village where witches and monsters don’t mix. All 3 books teach valuable lessons of friendship, tolerance, diversity, kindness, standing up to bullies and for what is right in ...more
Rhyllis Bignell
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
'Standing up for a friend is being a hero, Polly. No matter who that friend might be. Witch or monster.' Polly the witch and Buster the feelings monster have a special friendship, even in a town where witches and monsters do not interact. Beautiful junior novel celebrating friendship, acceptance and standing up for your own beliefs. Sally Rippin is a fabulous children's author who understands her audience, her characters are truly relatable; witch Polly finds it hard to read her spell book and h ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Been reading this with my kiddos. (Ages 7 and 9)

The dialogue given to spell out families and rivalries and subtle bullying and heartfelt friendship is spot on amazing. Which brings all the more heartache when friendships are tested.

Also a great springboard to discuss not just bullying but systemic discrimination. “What would you do?” “Why is she finding it hard to do the right thing?” “How could she realise what she’s doing is not the right thing?”

But even without this extra level, this book is
Anniken Haga
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, mg, norwegian, fantasy
I got the translated edition from the publishing house for free, but write a review of my own accord.

This was such a cute read!
I've always liked witches, and just looking at this I know it is a book I'd love to read growing up. Even so, I rather liked it.

It had a perfect mix of child like innocense and adult story telling.
The writing was good and easy to follow, and the story was on point.
I really want to read the next book as well, as there are so many important subplots in this book!
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A witch and monster are best friends but they aren’t supposed to be! Polly and Buster have to keep their friendship a secret until one day their lives change forever! Polly has trouble with spells and potions, the letters move about the pages. Buster is unique because his body changes size and color based on his feelings! Polly is desperate for a real witch friend and an eventful field trip will change the relationship between witches and monsters!! This is a wonderful story about true friendshi ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: primary-school
I really liked this novel. The prejudice of the witches towards the monsters can be extended to all groups that are looked down on, whether it be for race, gender or sexuality. This is a simple story of friendships, both the good and the bad kind, and the importance of standing up for what's right. The main character has untreated dyslexia, and both she and her best friend are seen as different and thus bad. ...more
Audrey Jordan
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was much better than what I expected. What a great series for dealing with people who different, dealing with bullying, true friends, classism, racism even! I would say this is a good read for 3rd-5th graders, maybe a bit higher as well.

Polly is a great character to relate to if someone is dealing with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, feeling left out.

I do wish there had been a little bit more background/backstory building, but a great story with some decent world building for the age.
The Book Squirrel
A short story about a witch who's best friend is the monster next door, but Polly doesn't want their friendship to be made public. Witches aren't supposed to be friends with monsters, who are smelly and boisterous and (some witches think) dangerous.
This story is a thinly-veiled lesson about racism and judging those who are different. In the end, Polly discovers that she is a special witch who will help end the antagonism between witches and monsters.
May Pua
Read the book to my 6 and 10 years old girls. My 10 year old always is Billy Brown fans. She met Sally Rippin for book signature for Polly and Buster second book and being introduced with the series.
Both my girls give 5 stars on the book and love it!
They are now wondering what is 'silver witch' is......
Rebecca Rouse
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
Your primary school kids can easily read this themselves, but take the opportunity to read it to them. It's a lovely story and has important messages about individual differences, sticking up for your friends, etc that can start meaningful conversations.

I'm not letting my children read the second by themselves before I can read it with them :-D
I liked that the witch was dyslexic- but the overall vibe was very similar to Harry Potter and the hermione's effort to help the elves gain equality. A great message for sure, just very similar (except Hermione wasnt BF with an elf). Definite set up for the next book- probably better to read all 3 of the trilogy together. ...more
Elizabeth Williams
The kids and I loved this book! Ms. Rippin did an excellent job of broaching the subject of prejudice in a way for children to understand. It sparked some great discussions in our family about acceptance and inclusion.

The only reason I took a star away was, it was hard for me to read aloud because it was written using present tense verbs.
This was just a really lovely story about friendship across different races, with a strong message of standing up for your friends and being true to what you believe. Lovely, and one I will be strongly recommending!
Sharlene Evans
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It’s all very well to love those who are loveable, but it’s the unlovable ones who need it the most.” Fantastic! Loved from beginning to end and am now in search for a plush Polly and Buster .... any makers up to the challenge?
Jodie Warner
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh this is excellent! Polly is a young witch with lots of troubles- a dead father, a sad and grieving mother, she can’t read very well and her older sister is pretty dreadful too. Luckily, she has a good friend in Buster, except that Buster is a monster and witches and monsters are not supposed to be friends.

Their friendship is revealed one day and Polly has to decide if she will stay loyal to Buster or go with her new “friends”, the cool witches.

There’s HEAPS in this book (and it’s the only o
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Sally Rippin was born in Darwin, but grew up mainly in South-East Asia. As a young adult she lived in China for three years, studying traditional Chinese painting. Sally has over seventy books published, many of them award-winning, including two novels for young adults. Her most recent work includes the highly acclaimed children’s novel Angel Creek and the popular Billie B Brown books, which becam ...more

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