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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Badfreaky - The Meanest Witch is written by Konstantinos V.E. Adamopoulos. In Bright Forest, four-year-old Marily lives happily with her parents, a good witch called Goodypie, and her husband Mr. Goodweather. All the creatures of the forest loved Goodypie because she could always ruin the evil potions of Meanloudmouth, a very bad witch. One day while Goodypie was boiling some plants and flowers in her big cooking pot, Marily notices a little house appear in the pot. Suddenly, Marily falls into the pot and when she is rescued by her mother, Marily has changed into a mean-spirited and wicked person. Marily runs into the forest and away from home. As her parents try desperately to find her, they discover their daughter has turned into the notorious Badfreaky, the evilest witch of them all, who can silence any enemy by turning them into stone.
Badfreaky - The Meanest Witch by Konstantinos V.E. Adamopoulos is simply an adorable story with imaginative characters and storyline. There are some very valuable life lessons cleverly weaved into the plot such as the importance of kindness, manners, and caring for the environment. There are also scenes of peer pressure, disrespect of elders and a harsh lesson on the consequences of misjudged action. The illustrations are vivid and filled with beautiful details that enhance the story and really bring the characters and scenery to life. I loved the names of the characters, especially Badfreaky, Meanloudmouth, and Goodwhitebeard. There are some comical moments but mostly this is an action-packed, magical adventure story filled with tension with some very clever plot twists. I thought the addition of questions and puzzles for the reader was an excellent idea. A great read for any child in middle school.