Crikey, it feels like I’ve not written about books for so long.  We have been reading, well we’ve been reading picture books (I’ve not been reading myself!), and we’ve also had a clear out so we have a tiny amount of space for new books on N’s book shelves.

The latest book we were sent to review is I Want to be a Witch by Ian Cunliffe, one of some new Halloween based launches from Little Tiger Press.

I want to be a witch

I love this book.  It’s about a cheeky little girl who wants to be a witch, but only the good bits.  So no green hair, warts or the like.  I wasn’t sure where the book was going, so it was a lovely end when you find out why the little girl really wants to be a witch.  Nothing like a bit of an unexpected twist at the end!

N’s never really been that keen on books which feature girls as the main character, but he did enjoy I Want to be a Witch.  We were able to talk about the spells, and talk about what the different witches in the book looked like.  And if he’d been a bit of a scared boy, then the fact that the girl wants to be a good witch helps ease a nervous child.

The illustrations are very busy but not over the top, there’s lots to look at, and the story is simple to read with a nice flow.

I think it’s a great book for the run up to Halloween, or if you’ve just got a pre-schooler who’s into witches, wizards and magic.

You can buy I Want to be a Witch from Amazon*.  It’d be a great prize for a Halloween fancy dress party.


Disclosure: I was sent this book to review. All opinions and words are my own.


  1. Sounds like a sweet book! My little one is turning 2 just before Halloween, that would make a great present for her.

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