In Jail, Ms. Wiz?


Lizzie Thompson has lost her cat. One morning, on her way to school, she changed her mind and she was out looking for Waif could be. When Ms. Wiz found her, they sat together in the cafe and came up with a plan. When Lizzie's mom discovered that Lizzie had gone off with Ms. Wiz, she called the police. Who was this woman? Her fears were confirmed when the constable (policeman) told her that Ms. Wiz was an "all-round trouble maker." Meanwhile, in their hunt for Waif, Lizzie and Ms. Wiz discover that catnappers have been stealing all the cats with beautiful coats of fur. But why?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Young girls will immediately relate to Lizzie's feelings, and kids will love the imagery of a car that turns into an apartment.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really.

Little Kid Reaction

This title struck a little closer to home for our daughter, and while she would giggle in parts, she was a bit concerned about Lizzie going off with a stranger, even it it was a teacher. She also didn't like the idea of people making gloves out of cats. She would read a bit and then go back to look at the illustrations. She didn't devour this one as quickly.

Big Kid Reaction

While I am glad to see that my daughter got the message about stranger danger, I was surprised at her reaction. The story is well presented and the author uses a light hand in explaining the events. There is nothing scary or ominous ... in fact they write a letter to Lizzie's mom.

Type of Book:
This is the fourth book in this illustrated series for newly independent readers.
Educational Themes:

This is a book to help readers moving to longer stories. The theme of the lost cat, though, offers several lessons; as does what happens when people judge others without all the facts.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 9
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a pleasant read, but not one you'll come back to frequently.

Title In Jail, Ms. Wiz?

Ms. Wiz, Book 3

Author Terence Blacker
Publisher Two Lions © 2009
Illustrators Tony Ross
ISBN 9780761455561
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.99
Genres Fantasy, Humor, Easy Reader Series
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