Some people collect baseball cards. Or hedgehogs. Or belly-button lint.
Not Felicity Pickle. She collects words—words people are thinking about, or words they want. Some words glow and some dance. Some have wings, and some have zebra stripes.
Yet although Felicity has been all over the country, there’s one word she’s never seen—home.
Felicity Pickle is a girl after my own heart—she collects words. But she doesn’t just collect them; she sees them everywhere she goes, hovering above people’s heads, crawling along book spines, trailing behind cars… That’s her snicker of magic. And she needs to use it to break a centuries-old curse, to cure her mother’s wandering broken heart, to find a place to call home. With the help of her new best friend, and a wacky collection of family members and townsfolk, Felicity sets out to do just that.
I’m not sure how many words are in this book but every one is complete magic! I thought long and hard about the best way to describe A Snicker of Magic and the best way is this: It’s got charisma.
Between the endearing characters, the subtle yet imaginative magical elements, and the lovely words, this delightful debut by Natalie Lloyd drew me in and left me smiling. Lloyd patches together the stories of Midnight Gulch’s residents as masterfully as Aunt Cleo patches together fabric scraps in her hedgehog quilts.
The pace is slower, deserving of a leisurely read the way a beautiful day deserves a long, lazy walk. You’ll want to slow down just so you can drink in just how magical every word is. I think this book would be brilliant read aloud.
The only thing that irked me about this book was that several characters are smokers. I don’t think I would have had a problem with that except that these characters are figures Felicity looks up to and respects. As a result, I lost a snicker of respect for this otherwise enchanting read.
Sweet and sad and full of hope, I recommend A Snicker of Magic to word collectors of all ages, but especially to all the budding word collectors and storytellers out there and the teachers who inspire them.
Oh, and this book will leave you craving ice cream. You’ve been warned.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (4/5 hearts)
This book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.