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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Naia the Witch by Carmen Parets Luque is about a young witch who doesn't want to be good like all the other little girls. She wants to be naughty and likes to cause trouble by turning herself invisible. Naia is supposed to attend a school that is in a mountain shaped like a witch's hat, but she spends her days causing mischief. Because of her behaviour, no one wants to be her friend and she is left alone. One of her spells backfires on her and she is made permanently invisible, except for her clothes. Now none of the other witches can hear or see her and she is truly all alone. Can she change her ways so that she can make friends and break the spell?
Carmen Parets Luque created a fable with Naia the Witch in that it teaches children a lesson. If they are not nice to others, then they will not have any friends. I do feel that Naia could have been seen to get up to more mischief, and not just turn herself invisible. The story was well written, although there are one or two instances where the story jars slightly with the use of a certain word. This could be a translation error perhaps. The pictures were good and I think children would enjoy looking at them. The story is simple for them to understand and the colourful pictures are attractive and enable young readers to get an idea of what Naia and the other witches look like.