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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Moon Faced Witch by Karen Stone is a story told in verse, bringing fairy tales and unusual characters to life. A young witch who is the daughter of the king is taken by a man that follows a fly and brought into a series of adventures. After discovering her twin, the two face off against various dangers and meet an endearing range of characters as they journey to find their mother. Stone also includes a dictionary at the end which will teach readers various new words while the charming style of rhyme will appeal and delight all ages.
Karen Stone brings to life an unusual book which shifts away from prose to tell a complete story via verse. Each chapter is written in the form of a poem with a rhyme scheme and a lyrical quality which adds enchantment to this delightful tale. Illustrations are scattered throughout, giving a visual element to the unusual characters met throughout with the vivid detail and the style of sketching. The story is told in the style of a fairy tale where the characters and events are strange. Stone delivers a world where anything is possible. The characters factor into the tale and into how the events unfold with each having their own arc.
The story centers on the bond between the two witches who have reunited but includes other characters whom they ally themselves with. The two witches embark on their own adventures with surprising events occurring and many dangers they must face which draw in the various delightful and strange characters that come to their aid. They meet helpful rabbits, a wizard in an orange hat, rats riding elephants, a snake warrior, Sir Prancelot, and Gallbladder the Bear. The descriptions are delightful. Moon Faced Witch is a unique fairy tale written in verse that takes you on a series of strange adventures, bringing fairy tales to life with a bear that swallows you whole, rabbits that rescue a witch from a spider's web, and a lovable stinky donkey.