Bothari’s #CBR4 Review #24: Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Witch and Wizard is half of a book (or maybe a third; don’t know how many there are) about siblings Wisty and Whit, who are arrested on suspicion of witchcraft when the world goes crazy and is taken over by a big bald dictator. The new regime seems to hate children, and the prisons are full of children who may or may not be magical. Whit and Wisty had no idea they were witches. They start learning to use their skills, break out of prison, join the resistance, and start looking for their parents. Don’t expect resolution; you have to read the next book (shan’t!).
This feels like a very lackluster review, but this book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I was thinking it was young adult fiction, but really it’s a kid book. The siblings are 17 and 15, but if I had read this at 15, I would’ve been insulted and bored out of my mind. The chapters are never longer than three pages, and most are even shorter. They switch back and forth between Whit and Wisty’s point of view. The writing skews very young, even if some of the events in the book might seem scary to littler kids (hellhounds, missing parents, a teeny bit of torture). There’s no detail or thought about how the magic works or why the kids didn’t know they had it. Oh, and there are prophesies. Lots and lots of prophecies. These kids are Important, and they have a Destiny.
If I were 10 years old and had never read another book about witches or magic, I might think this was cool. As it is, this book feels like a generic copy of other, much better books. Go read A Wrinkle in Time instead.