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Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
Flip and Pate’s Magical Potion Adventure is an inventive children’s fantasy comedy by Lori Rousche. A girl named Sophia Phlippet (nicknamed Flip) has the gift of dabbling in magical powers—specifically, making potions that come to life and actually work. When Flip is given the family Potion Bible by her grandmother, the first thing she can think of is getting even with arrogant-but-cute Justin at school. Justin’s family has the gift of potion-making too. She and her best friend Pate start to use the Potion Bible against Justin. But as Flip and Justin’s fighting turns into a spiral of making potions to embarrass each other, things start to get out of control and Flip ignores Pate’s needs. And is using magic for revenge really such a good idea?
Lori Rousche’s storytelling has a lot of gusto. Flip and Pate’s Magical Potion Adventure is an upbeat, action-packed reading experience for kids. The lively duo of mischief-making Flip and honest, friendly Pate made a likable team as they got involved in one amusing antic after another. I especially enjoyed the well-timed verbal humor and clever ways Flip described things as they happened to her. Flip fizzed and buzzed with life, much like the potions she thought up. Her dynamic personality wasn’t afraid to take risks and I appreciated that she had the ultimate ability to admit her mistakes. The dilemma of getting carried away by emotions and then repenting was a great moral lesson (mixed with a little fun) and a good drive to the story. Entertaining and light-hearted, this is a solid reading choice.