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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Green Toenail Soup and Bat Fuzz is a children’s picture book written by Sharon CassanoLochman and illustrated by Lucy Belle. The inhabitants of the town of Madwacky were quite unhappy with the weather conditions. First, there had been a storm and then a drenching fog rolled in and turned everything gray. They wanted their blue skies, green meadows, and bright yellow sun back -- and they wanted them back now. The townspeople rushed to the Wizard Academy and called on the Wizard to help them get rid of the bad weather. Alas, the Wizard was ill and refused to leave his bed. The wizard trainees had not been instructed in the art of weather crafting, so they were unable to help either. But then the smallest of the trainees, Tito, spoke up. He was willing to try to help the townspeople. Tito was a bit nervous, clutching his blanket tightly, as he began his first incantation.
Sharon CassanoLochman’s Green Toenail Soup and Bat Fuzz will remind adults of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and younger readers of Harry Potter as Tito tries his best incantations to less-than-optimal effect. And, in amongst the magic, wizardly robes and strange spells, a tribute to the "magic word" every kid learns as they are growing up is paid in dramatic fashion. CassanoLochman’s story is engaging and fun, and Lucy Belle’s evocative and imaginative artwork makes this tale of an enterprising and brave young wizard come to life. Can Tito bring back the good weather? Kids will want to read through the story to get to the answer. Green Toenail Soup and Bat Fuzz is highly recommended.