Badfreaky - The Meanest Witch

The life of Badfreaky the witch Book 1

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
96 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2021
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Author Biography

I am a teacher at a Primary School in Athens, Greece. I live here with my wife and my daughter Marily. This book is the first of a series of books. Why do I write these books?
"I remember it was Christmas when an uninvited witch visited me. Yes, you have correctly guessed. It was Badfreaky!
She said in a strict tone:
"Constantine, as from today even, you are going to start writing my story. It is very important to me that you write about it exactly the way I tell it to you, so children can find out what trials I have lived through. My life was an endless adventure and I think that people have a lot to learn from it. Listen carefully to what I have to say and hold on to it. If you don't write my story, or don't write it exactly the way I tell it to you, then beware; you poor thing! I will turn you into a blind, deaf and cripple centipede! Just so that you suffer all of your life!"
Naturally, I got very scared and I began writing her story. Up to this moment, I must have done something right, because I am still human. If however, on your way, you meet a centipede walking crookedly, not knowing which way it's going, I beg you; please don't hurt her because it might be me, transformed!"

    Book Review

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.

Samantha Gregory

Badfreaky - The Meanest Witch by Konstantinos V.E. Adamopoulos is the story of a young witch called Marily, who finds herself transformed into Badfreaky when she ends up falling into a cauldron with a bad potion inside. Before this, she is the child of a witch called Goodypie, who makes special pies to help people. Her transformation is quite dramatic and from it, we learn her story and about another witch called Meanloudmouth. I enjoyed the story, it is simple enough for a child to understand, perhaps from about age 5 or 6 and up, yet the story is entertaining enough that they are unlikely to get bored. The spells are fun and could be a good way to teach children a type of poetry and rhyming words. The names of the witches were quite funny and I think that kids will love them.

Konstantinos V.E. Adamopoulos has created an interesting story with some well-developed characters. The artwork that accompanies the story is brilliantly drawn and will really help to attract children to the story. The use of color and imagery make this a great story for children who like their books on the slightly spooky side or a good read for Halloween. Badfreaky - The Meanest Witch is a book I would have enjoyed as a child and I do not think there are many like it on the market at the moment. It may have a more niche audience, but I do think it will do very well. I would definitely recommend it.

Tammy Ruggles

Badfreaky - The Meanest Witch by Konstantinos V.E. Adamopoulos is an exciting illustrated sci-fi adventure that will have children thoroughly entertained, and possibly hiding under their covers, but in a fun way. The story opens by introducing a good witch named Goodypie, who makes good vegetable pies instead of dark magic potions, which makes her different from bad witches and wizards. The special thing about these pies is that they break wicked spells. She is married to Mr. Goodweather, and as you may suspect by his name, he can change bad weather into good. These are the parents of Marily, the four-year-old girl that the fairytale-like story is mostly about. They live in the Bright Forest, but something happens that changes Marily's life forever. She falls into a cauldron bubbling with a witch's potion that is the worst in the world. This potion turns her into the meanest witch of all, named Badfreaky. There are other characters young readers will meet, like two children, Charles and Maya, and Meanloudmouth, and Kixy, among others. You'll also encounter animals, dark forests, and other themes of nature.

The question I had when first beginning to read this fanciful tale, was "Will Marily ever be turned back into the sweet little girl her parents love and miss?" Although this story may be too scary for some children, others who like scary stories will love it. It has some whimsy, some humor, some mystery, and action--all the things kids love to read about. But besides being a fairytale out to frighten children, there are other themes going on that I appreciate, and so will parents and teachers; hopefully young readers too. There are life lessons embedded subtly in the story and the characters. Life lessons like being respectful to adults, being kind to others, and a lot more. The illustrations are a nice addition as well. Adamopoulos has conjured up an entertaining potion that will captivate young readers. If you're looking for an old-fashioned fairytale with scares and heart, you can't miss Badfreaky - The Meanest Witch by Konstantinos V.E. Adamopoulos.