Olivia Nibblesqueak's Messy Mischief (Magic Animal Friends #9)
When Jess and Lily return to Friendship Forest, Grizelda casts a spell to make little Olivia Nibblesqueak the hamster think she's a messy creature -- just like Grizelda's new helpers! Can Jess and Lily find a way to make Olivia herself again?
The story is not nuanced, which makes it easier for beginning readers to un derstand. Grizelda and her minions are all unappealing and unabashedly evil, and the other animals are all cute and work to preserve social harmony. I was definitely put in mind of the Smurfs television series from long ago that the children I babysat wanted to watch!
Readers who enjoy this author's fairy stories, or any of the Puppy Place series books will quickly become addicted to this comfortingly predictable series about magical animals. I can see a lot of hours being spent in recreating the world and stories of Friendship Forest in backyards with friends who are readers!