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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
A singing witch? Why not! This witch certainly thinks she can do it. She believes her singing is the best. She doesn't understand why the audience hates her. Thinking it's her rattlesnake who’s out-rattling her, she places a curse on the snake and he loses his rattle. The rattlesnake is rather depressed and seeks refuge in the mole's house underground. They conspire together to frighten the witch into reversing the spell. It works, well, sort of. Convinced that everything the witch does is bound to go wrong, the group teams up against the witch to make her throw away her spell book and wand and go to school to really learn how to sing.
AC Michael's Snake, Rattle & Mole (Curious Characters Book 3) is a delightful children's story, told completely in rhyming verse that almost sings the story through the plot to its musical conclusion. The colorful illustrations help develop the plot. This is a humorous and entertaining story, but there is a message for young readers as well. Underneath the simple tale of a wicked witch who can’t sing and her inability to do any spells properly, is a story about teamwork, being kind to others, and how evil deeds never benefit anyone, not even the evil deed doer. There is also a secondary story about trying hard to achieve your dreams. The witch wanted to be loved for her ability to sing. A simple story with a lot of important messages for young readers.