Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for providing an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review!
On a witch’s thirteenth birthday it’s time for them to choose if they’d like to follow their family’s tradition and set out on their own. For half-witch Kiki it isn’t any different, but unlike her mother she doesn’t have a knack for brewing medicine. Kiki loves to fly.
Kiki settles on a bustling seaside village that is wary of having a witch among them, but still decides to take odd delivery jobs running Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Let me preface this saying that I never saw the movie, but now I’m going to change that fact. This story inspired the movie, and it is precious!
I’m not entirely sold on the whole premise of a thirteen year-old witch moving to an entirely different city on her own, but it’s still so sweet and magical. The whole story is about learning to find your way in the world and find what makes you happy. It’s also a lot about growing up. Kiki is already a very mature young woman before she sets out on her adventure, but still it’s so great to see her continue to grow and learn from her experiences.
This would be an amazing read for any middle graders, fans of the movie or not. It has a sense of magic to it that is unique and sweet. I loved it. The illustrations were beautiful and everything was so sugary sweet. I’m going to be picking up a copy for myself.