The Wizards' Banquet

By Vivian French

Illustrated by Marta Kissi

A rollicking fairy-tale adventure full of magical mayhem, from the makers of The Adventures of Alfie Onion, The Cherry Pie Princess and The Dragon's Breakfast.

Pippin Potts is looking for a job – and an adventure! – so he can't quite believe his luck when he meets 173-year-old wizard Abacus Peridot, who happens to be looking for an assistant. Abacus immediately sets Pippin to work with a very important task: plotting his route to a magical Centenary Banquet, in a race against other wizards. But they're not far into their journey when, little known to the pair, the evil wizard Boldways Grime and mischievous elf Kitty Scarper pick up their trail and start to hatch a truly villainous plot. With the odds stacked against them, can Pippin guide Abacus through the Nine Hen Hills, cross the Rumbling Rocks, pass the Neverending Forest and reach the Banquet in time to win first prize? (There's only one way to find out!)

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 7+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406399097
  • Published: 02 Jun 2022
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 176

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Customer reviews


'Readers will delight in the abundance of magic and mayhem in this latest of Vivian French’s fantasies; there’s a degree of mischief and wickedness too. From her opening paragraph, we know we’ll be swept away, unable to stop reading until the final page. [...] Put together Vivian French’s wonderful way with words, and wizardry at world building and character creating and Marta Kissi’s enchanting black and white illustrations: the result is sheer enchantment.' Red Reading Hub

'“This is a very funny, warm hearted story full of magic and adventure.”' Primary Times

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