Friday, December 30, 2016

Book Review: If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid

If the Magic Fits, by Susan Maupin Schmid
2016, 304p, Middle-Grade Fantasy
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears. Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it. When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two…or a hundred.

This is a book I knew I had to read with my daughter. Due to that, it took me a little longer to get through it, but we both enjoyed it! Darling Dimple is an orphan who was raised as a servant in the under-cellar of a castle. No matter how much she tries to please her superiors, she seems to fall short. One day, Cherice, the Wardrobe Mistress, comes to Marci, the Supreme Scrubstress, to look for a dependable girl to assist in pressing the Princess's things. When Marci learns that this is a position in which the girl will be watched like a hawk, she quickly gives it to Darling. And that's where her adventure begins.

Darling's promotion took her out of her element, which made her new role entertaining for the reader. It was interesting to see the interactions between all the servants and how their hierarchy worked. Darling also interacted with Princess Mariposa, who she liked immediately. She soon discovered the magic in the castle involving a closet full of 100 dresses and what happened when she tried them on.

This is a fun story that isn't too complex. There were some things I wish had been explained better, but a middle-grade reader won't think twice about. This is a book that young readers will enjoy, with pretty dresses, butterflies, friendship, betrayal, royalty, magic, dragons, mystery, adventure, and a charming orphan girl that is easy to fall in love with! We're looking forward to reading more!

Susan Maupin Schmid is the author of the 100 Dresses series. She enjoys good books, good coffee, and beautiful dresses. She has a secret vice: sewing excessively elaborate doll clothes.


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