Grant the Genie isn’t great when it comes to granting wishes and often gets things in a bit of a muddle. And when Grant has a right royal wishing mishap the Queen banishes him and his not-so-magic-lamp from Genie World for good.
Landing on Earth with a bump, Grant quickly settles into a new home and befriends Teeny, a not-so-teeny lost dog. No sooner have they begun looking for Teeny’s owner they find themselves kidnapped by the quirky Lavinia Lavender who traps them inside her very purple home and finding Teeny’s owner is the least of their problems…
Genie & Teeny: Make a Wish is the first in a series of funny magical adventures from Steven Lenton and is a whole load of genie-themed fun. Perfectly pitched for children who are gaining confidence in reading longer stories, this is a cracking little chapter book and Lenton’s brilliant story and lively illustrations guarantee giggles from start to finish.
Grant with his disastrous wish granting and the inquisitive Teeny find themselves in plenty of sticky situations and the marvellously mad Lavinia Lavender makes for an excellent villain - imagine a rather eccentric aunt - with her love for all things purple and her passion for talent contests involving dancing dogs.
With plenty of interactive elements that encourage reader participation, children will literally find themselves at the heart of the story and will easily become engrossed in this rollickingly fun adventure. And when the reading is over, there is a brilliant ‘How to Draw Grant the Genie’ guide at the back of the book that even this incompetent artist was able to follow and draw something vaguely resembling a genie.
Recommended for 5+.