The Accidental Wizard by Kimberly Pauley, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft

Publication Date: 3 September 2020

The Blurb

A raucously funny middle grade adventure for fans of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman… Twig is the last surviving apprentice of the great wizard Ripplemintz, which, as a job, is just as terrifying as it sounds. Oh Ripplemintz always means well, but for a wizard of such high regard he really does make an awful lot of mistakes. And who’s always left to clear them up? That’s right – Twig. So when Ripplemitz’s most powerful spell is let loose on the world, off Twig goes to catch it. And catch it he does, except… not quite in the way that he intended. Because, instead of catching it in an enchanted jar, Twig sort of… well… catches it in… himself. 

The Review

A fabulously funny fantasy sizzling with magic and mayhem that will have you laughing out loud!

Our main characters, Twig, Vile and Glimfinkle, are trying to discover who and what they are and their place in the world, as they join together on their journey to the Euphonium where Twig will have to compete against much better prepared wizards for the glory of Muckwood. Their friendship blossoms along the way as we see that even when we don’t believe in ourselves, having others around us who do can give us the strength we need to do what we need.

The Kingdoms are home to wizards, witches, hags and a whole host of fairytale creatures, providing a colourful cast of background characters for Twig, Vile and Glimfinkle to meet on their adventure. Stunningly detailed illustrations bring the characters and settings to life throughout the story, and there’s a map of The Kingdoms too!

With an ending that sets us up for more adventures with Twig and Vile, I hope it’s not long before we can venture back to their world once more.

Perfect for younger readers looking for a longer read, and great for fans of:

  • Wizards Of Once by Cressida Cowell
  • Do Not Disturb The Dragons by Michelle Robinson
  • Beatrix The Bold by Simon Mockler

The Accidental Wizard Challenge – A Spellbinding Quiz All About The World Of Magic

What would you rather be: a wizard, a witch, or a hag?

Oh, that’s easy – definitely a witch!

Who would win in a wizard duel: Gandalf or Dumbledore?


If you could be ANY creature from a fairy tale or folklore, what would you be and why?

I’d be a house with chicken legs so I can carry myself off to new places whenever I feel like it.

Choose your favourite wizard: Harry Potter or Merlin?

Merlin – I love a good myth, and would like to think there’s a hint of truth to his powers.

If you could have just one magic spell that would always work for you, what would it be?

I’d like to be able to stop time so I can read in peace, and get through all of the books on my to be read pile.

If you were accidentally granted a super power or ability, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to sleep wherever and whenever I want. I am rubbish at sleeping and spend far too much time awake when I shouldn’t be.

Huge thanks to Scholastic for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for the Accidental Wizard. Do make sure you check out all of the stops!


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