Review: Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: Horsing Around by Nancy Krulik


Title: Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: Horsing Around

Author: Nancy Krulik

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

ISBN: 978-0448446776


May Contain Spoilers

Bet you can guess why I picked this book up!  Yup,  there’s a girl riding a horse on the cover.   I didn’t know anything about Katie Kazoo, and even though this is the 30th volume, I didn’t need to.  The story and characters are very accessible.  You get all of the information you need to enjoy the story during the read, including an introduction to a surprising number of characters, and even though the book is only 76 pages, all of information didn’t seem overwhelming or slow the pace of the narrative.

Katie has learned the unpleasant consequences of wishes. Ever since she made a wish in the third grade, a magic wind that turns her into someone else seems to follow her around and presto-chango her at the worst time possible.  She has gotten most of her friends into trouble because of it, but she can’t explain why they suddenly did weird things, because nobody would believe her!  When she is invited to a horse show, the worse possible scenario happens; she turns into her friend’s pony!  Humorous chaos ensues. 

This was a light, fluffy read.  I am always curious about how authors describe horsey events and horsey care, and though I question the scene where Becky leaves Brownie unattended in the warm-up ring (there is about a zero percent chance of this happening at the shows I go to!), Becky’s description of the dreaded and boring (for me) Showmanship class was spot on.

The characters are lively, with diverse personalities that don’t always get along.  Katie finds herself playing the peace- maker several times.  I liked Katie, and I thought that the character interactions were a lot of fun.  The illustrations are cartoony and fit the tone of the story perfectly. 

Grade: B

Review copy obtained from the library

On My Wishlist – Except the Queen, Adventurers Wanted, Geek Charming

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted at Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s a way to share your wishlist with the rest of the blogsphere. The books can be old, new or forthcoming, but my lists will be limited to already released titles. If you would like to join in and post your wishlist,  click here for more information.

I have enjoyed books by both Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder, so I’m interested to see what they do with Except the Queen.

From Amazon:

From award winning authors Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder comes a tale of two worlds-and one destiny…

Sisters Serena and Meteora were once proud members of the high court of the Fairy Queen- until they played a prank that angered her highness. Separated and banished to the mortal realm of Earth, they must find a way to survive in a strange world in which they have no power. But there is more to their new home than they first suspect…

A sympathetic Meteora bonds with a troubled young girl with an ornate tattoo on her neck. Meteora recognizes it as a magic symbol that will surely bring danger down on them all. Serena, meanwhile, takes in a tortured homeless boy whose mind is plagued by dark visions. The signs point to a rising power that threatens to tear asunder both fairy and human worlds.

And the sisters realize that perhaps the queen cast them from their homes not out of anger or spite- but because they were the only ones who could do what must be done…

Adventurers Wanted by M. L. Forman is a fantasy series that just looks like a fun read.

From Amazon:

What is courage? What is honor? What does it feel like to have friends you would give your life for? And what role do fear and apprehension play when a person is faced with life-changing choices? Slathbog’s Gold, the first book in an exciting new young adult epic fantasy series, sends fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor on the adventure of a lifetime. Right at a time when Alex is wishing his life could change, he sees a sign in Mr. Clutter s bookshop window: Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within. The sign seems to be referring to him. Moreover, not just anyone can enter Mr. Clutter s bookshop. But Alex does, and the adventure begins. Alex is the eighth man needed to complete a band of adventurers seeking the lair of Slathbog the Red an evil dragon with a legendary treasure. Along the way, Alex learns about honesty, integrity, honor, and, most importantly, friendship.

I love the cover for Geek Charming by Robin Palmer, and wonder if the story is as energetic and fun.

From Amazon:

Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new -it- bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: self-professed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan’s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life-and her social status- comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan-with Josh’s help-pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

What’s on your wishlist?