Series: Oliver Moon, Junior Wizard
By Sue Mongredien
Oliver Moon folded his swimming trunks and put them on top of the pile of clothes on his bed. There! That was everything he needed. He was really looking forward to going on holiday to the seaside. He couldn’t wait!
Oliver waved his wand over the suitcase that was on the floor nearby. “Click, clock, clack… Clothes be packed!” he chanted.
He grinned as his suitcase promptly opened up, and his clothes flew inside, arranging themselves neatly. Being a wizard came in very handy sometimes!
Mrs. Moon, Oliver’s mum, came into the bedroom just then, followed by the Witch Baby, Oliver’s sister, who was wearing a shiny silver bucket on her head. “Holiday now!” the Witch Baby was saying excitedly, trying to dig up Oliver’s carpet with her new silver spade. “Holiday now?”
Mrs. Moon smiled. “Nearly,” she said. “Oh good, Oliver, you’re all packed. I’ll send your case off to the holiday house, with the rest of our things.”
She waved her wand over Oliver’s case, and a swirl of purple sparkles drifted across it as she began chanting the address: “Mildew Cottage, Forest Lane, Little…atchoo!” She sneezed suddenly and blew her nose with a large black handkerchief.
Before she could say another word, Oliver’s suitcase had vanished in a bright purple flash.
“No, wait, come back!” Mrs. Moon shouted in alarm, stuffing her handkerchief back in her cloak pocket.
“I hadn’t finished!”
Oliver stared at the spot on the floor where his case had been. His case, with all his favourite clothes, new swimming trunks, new Frisbee and his very best cool-wizard sunglasses! “But…where’s my stuff gone?” he asked.
“Gone!” sang the Witch Baby, tripping over her spade and giggling. “Gone, gone, gone.”
Mrs. Moon looked sheepish. “I’m not sure,” she confessed. “Hopefully to the right place. I’ve been sending other bits and bobs to Little Spelling-on-Sea all morning. With a bit of luck, the wand will know where to send your case, too.” She crossed her fingers quickly.
A shout came up from Mr. Moon, who was downstairs. “Let’s go!”
“We’d better not keep your dad waiting,” Mrs. Moon said, picking up the Witch Baby and heading for the door. “Come on, Oliver. Time to fly!”
Mildew Cottage is perfect for Oliver Moon's summer holiday. It's cold, dark and – best of all – haunted! Oliver's parents aren't so happy. They're fed up with the spooky noises in the woods, so Oliver decides to go ghostbusting with his new friend, Wilf. But is Oliver's hairy pal all that he seems? Oliver goes ghostbusting with his new friend, Wilf - but is his hairy pal all that he seems? Packed with comic exploits, extraordinary characters and more than a handful of magic. Featuring the hilarious illustrations of Jan McCafferty.
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Sue Mongredien read English at Leeds University. After graduating, Sue worked as an editor of children's books before leaving to travel around the world. She now lives in Brighton with her partner and three children and is a full-time writer. She has had over 60 books published.
Visit www.suemongredien.co.uk/ to find out more.
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“Oliver Moon's Summer Howliday”
Oliver Moon’s Summer Howliday Genre: Adventure Simple comment about the book: The book is extremely interesting; it is a great adventure book about Oliver and his family. The Story: It was the summer holiday for Oliver and his family and they had plans to go to the woods and stay in a camp however there is something loose in the wood which leads Oliver and his family to their big adventure. Oliver discovers that there is a werewolf in the woods and gets frightened but then in the end there is a twist. If you want to find out about the big twist then Read the book! Comment: This book is a fantastic children’s book and it is one of my favourite as well. Recommendation: I personally would recommend this book to children 5 and i think everyone else would agree with me.