Waverly and Bobby Take New York City

A Magical School Fieldtrip Ages 3-9

Children - Adventure
32 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2021
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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite

Waverly gets frightened which she loses her magical powers; will they ever return? Waverly and Bobby Take New York City is a whimsical picture book of fun and adventure on a trip to New York City. Readers will enjoy their visit to the Empire State Building and other attractions in The Big Apple. Author Angela Lindsey takes us on a magical adventure to discover more about the history of magic. Waverly, Bobby, and their classmates attend a convention of magical powers in the large city. If you enjoyed Waverly the Witch, you’ll love the sequel. When Waverly loses her magical abilities, she and her classmates discover how to restore their skills. Readers are reminded to follow directions and obey signage, especially if a sign says, “Do not touch.” But I wouldn’t change someone else’s breakfast into pink eggs by casting a spell.

Beautiful full-page artwork adorns the pages of Waverly and Bobby Take New York City. Illustrator Corryn Webb has created vivid, full-color illustrations of children and breathtaking views of New York City. She takes you on a tour of New York City and its famous attractions, bridges, and skyscrapers. Her accurate, but fun portraits with large friendly eyes will invite children into the book, while the story will keep them entertained. Author Angela Lindsey has written a wonderful follow-up to the original book, Waverly the Witch. Readers can relate to overnight school trips, organized agendas, chaperones, and teachers. Children and their parents will enjoy this new, colorful picture book.

Patricia Reding

Everyone loves an adventure, and Angela Lindsay offers a big one in Waverly and Bobby Take New York City, when Waverly and her classmates at West Charm School prepare for a field trip. West Charm is unique in that its students are all endowed with magic talent. So you can imagine how excited Waverly, her friend Bobby, and their classmates are to learn that they are headed for New York City. Once they get there, young readers will be delighted with the lights, tall buildings, bridges, and throngs of people, all set out in Corryn Webb’s vibrant illustrations. At their hotel, The Secret Castle, students use their wands with abandon, provided they don’t allow non-magic guests to see them use their magic wands, and further, that they use their powers only for goods things. The next day, they set out for the Secret Museum of Witch History, and it is there that Waverly is tempted to open a book that she was not to touch. A short while later, she realizes, that as a consequence of her disobedience, her wand does not work.

Waverly and Bobby Take New York City will keep children entertained, and most certainly Corryn Webb’s illustrations will help to hold their interest. But it is Waverly’s loss of her magic that will have young readers turning pages quickly. Everyone knows that feeling of dread in the pit of one's stomach that happens when something goes wrong as a consequence of one's own actions. Fortunately, author Angela Lindsay has provided a means for Waverly to make amends, thereby showing children that better times will always come. Waverly suffers the loss of her magic for failing to follow the rules, but on learning that she can earn it back again through kind actions, she doesn’t waste a minute in getting started!