This middle-grade fantasy novel jumped out at me as a book for Gabbie’s age group, so I thought we would both read Ms. Mulligan and the Enchanted Ice Cream and discuss it together. As it turns out, Gabbie enjoyed the book and found it hard to put down. I found it written too immaturely for my tastes – but that’s probably why it’s meant for kids and not adults!
“Tabby Easterland wakes on her twelfth birthday to find herself magically transformed into the twenty-five-year-old ‘Ms. Mulligan,’ an event witnessed only by her young friends – the platinum-haired southern belle Dolly Hargrave and the hard-boiled urban detective wannabe Kat Dorsett. Hiding her true identity, Ms. Mulligan becomes a teacher at her own school, where a desperate search for answers lead the girls to seek out Tabby’s long-lost father, discover an ancient mystical society, and fight the evil Black and White Sisters–witches determined to complete a long-planned curse upon Tabby. In a race against time, will love be enough to overcome the crippling curse and restore Tabby to her former self?”
For a young reader, this book really had it all. Friendships, a mystery, a secret society, a little bit of creepiness, and humor. The three girls really had a fun relationship, and when Tabby turned into a grown-up, the friendship continued – it was funny to me to imagine a grown woman hanging out with two twelve-year-olds as if nothing had happened! I found some of the plot to be a bit random and thrown together, but overall, the story was cute and entertaining. Age-wise, I think ages 9-12 is the right recommendation!
I can give away a copy of this book if anyone has a young girl they’d like to gift it to! Just let me know in the comments!
What have you been reading lately?