Rating: 4 out of 5.

Your little one will not want you to stop reading about Magster and her adventures. And you might have a hard time stopping, too.

About the Book

Magster the Cockapoo and her human daddy, Paul, go for a walk in the woods. A mysterious stranger recruit Magster as a special agent for the Mystic Council of Mages. Her first mission is to protect the “Light of the Ladybird” and so their adventures begin. After a nail-biting duel, Magster’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with is sealed; her work for the Mystic Council of Mages has only just begun.

My Thoughts

This is an adorable book. I can’t wait to hear more about Magster and her adventures. My five-year-old doesn’t yet have the patience to sit through chapter books with no pictures, but I can’t wait until I can share stories like this one with her. She was literally just telling me a fantastical tale about our own dog and how she wished she could talk. So, I know she’ll love it when she hears Magster’s tale.

The cover is absolutely adorable, and Magster and her friends are delightful. The world that the author has created is easy to slip into, and oddly I thought her dad being able to get off work so easily was more fantastical than the outright fantasy. The relationship between Magster and her father is so beautiful. I’d actually personally love to see stories where Magster has to deal with her dad getting married, having human children, etc. I think this fantasy series actually has the opportunity to teach kids a lot, and the first book already had some clear lessons taught in an appealing way.

I am grateful to the author and Love Books Tours for including me on this tour.

Who’s It For

This is a great introduction to light mystery, fantasy, and thriller/suspense for the age group. The recommended age group might be a big wide, I’m not sure if a twelve year old would enjoy this – but, a preteen might think it’s too “babyish” for them. It’s very simplistic in style and language, so the older age group might get a little bored. But I think it would be fantastic for those earlier readers, and is something that I’ll try with my daughter as we transition into reading chapter books. She can already read picture books, and I think it won’t be long until she can read this one.

Some especially sensitive readers might find some of the book scary, but since there aren’t pictures, it might be alright. My autistic daughter is especially imaginative, but it can often go either way with her. So you’ll have to use your own best judgement with your child. I wouldn’t go below the recommended six, unless your child is especially mature, and I’d say probably ten is a more accurate top limit. But I’ll also admit I have a weird frame of reference. Myself and my cousins all read way above our age level. And I had an eight-year-old homeschooler recommend “The School for Good and Evil” for my five-year-old the other day. I’m glad I checked it out first. So do with that what you will.

About the Author

Kit Butler is a creative professional with a lifelong love of reading. After working as a professional session guitarist, published composer and later a digital media sales executive, he has now devoted his life to writing. His book series Magster is aimed at captivating children with its gripping fantasy story. It offers them the opportunity to get transported to different worlds, experience real challenges, and start creating their own stories with the power of their own imaginations. His books focus on minimalistic text and lack of illustrations, to offer an exciting and stimulating reading experience that children can tailor to themselves.

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