In this debut novel, Sanchez brilliantly ties together the transformative powers of cooking and magic. The descriptions of Millie’s kitchen creations, intentional and accidental, will have readers’ mouths watering. VERDICT A great addition to any children’s collection, this well-written fantasy will appeal to fans of Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted and Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series.
A fascinating story of wanting to be a cook when you are from a family of witches. This is full of action and is about family, friends and learning to be your own person.
Millie discovers that her gift for food runs far deeper than she suspected, and its uses go way beyond making tempting treats for her friends. Her cooking might even be the key to discovering her own past, including the whereabouts of her father. Sanchez offers a cast of magical, diverse young characters.
A Witch’s Kitchen is, quite surprisingly really, ultimately a book about hats. I truly enjoy hats, though I’m not sure I look good in them. However, telling you about the hats in A Witch’s Kitchen would be giving away too much. So if you want to know why it’s about hats you’ll have to read it yourself. Sorry!
Food suffuses this book. Sit down with it with snacks close to hand and expect to be jealous, expect to glare at your snacks reproachfully for not living up to their fictional counterparts.
Millie’s journey as she learns more about her magic and works through the mystery surrounding why it has gone all backwards on her is lively and lots of fun. As a reader you’re really chuffed when something good happens to her. And I’m going to stop typing now because I honestly don’t want to give away too many details of that journey. Trust me, A Witch’s Kitchen is entirely worth reading.