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From the PublisherHow can anyone resist a talking tortoise and a good-hearted young witch? ... Readers will cheer for the bighearted Mildred when she takes huge risks to save Einstein, her tortoise friend, and he in turn saves her. An old-fashioned tone combines with Briticisms and sophisticated vocabulary to make this a fine step up from early chapter books. Distinctively detailed black-and-white illustrations grace each spread, adding humor and information to the narrative. ... Heartwarming magic with just the right touch of talking toads and tortoises.
Heavily illustrated, with plenty of white space... Quite a nice facelift to a fantasy series for those not quite ready for Harry Potter.
—School Library Journal