This book was gifted to me with no obligation to review from Stripes Publishing.
Ah what a delight this book was!
Hidden Charm is the eighth chapter book in the Star Friends series by Linda Chapman and the first one that I've ever read. On finishing this book, it made me want to read the rest of the series. These are the kind of books I would have adored as a child, it would definitely have been a series that would have been cherished and re-read on many occasions.
The Star Friends in the series all have their own Star Animals. When they meet their Star Animal, magic unfolds around them. Each character is adorable in their own way. From Mary in the Copper Kettle to Mystic Maureen - each an utter delight. They all live in a quaint, picturesque village that is sprinkled with magic. The plot made me crave cake!
On the surface, this book is a fun read peppered with magic, underneath is subtly deals with the worries that the majority of children leaving primary school feel, especially when one of the group of friends goes off to another school. It demonstrates that change can actually be good for everyone. The book also looks at the pressures of SATs on children.
Linda Chapman has definitely weaved a little magic through the pages of this book. An ideal series to buy for Christmas stockings.