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What people are saying

Walwayne Court School


"We were lucky enough to have Mr McDonald (Isla’s dad) in with his book "The Witches' Tea Party", which Key Stage 1 and Reception loved. I always enjoy hearing a buzz about books and there was definitely that. We are so lucky to have had three fantastic authors in school this year."

Headteacher, Mrs Hilary MacMeekin

A few lovely words from the children:

"One of the witches was cooking for the other witches and they had a tea party. They were really kind at the end because they all helped each other wash up."


"I loved the pictures in the story and it all rhymed."


"I can't believe Isla's dad is a real author. We are so lucky to have him in school."

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Longscroft Nursery


"The children at Longscroft thoroughly enjoyed the story on World Book Day, resulting in many of them buying the book for their home libraries and bed time stories. The children enjoyed re-enacting the story in their role play areas and dressing up as witches."

Manager, Steph Whitham

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Reviews from across the Globe


"I bought this book for my daughter Luna. I also love anything witchy so there's a chance I may have also purchased it for myself. I was drawn to the lovely illustrations. The story is just as wonderful as the pictures! I love that it rhymes! My daughter is a little too young to read on her own, however when she is ready the rhyming will really help her. The story is sweet and adorable and the illustrations match. We are eagerly awaiting more stories from this author!"

Karen Gomez, Missouri


"Charming little book"


"This is a charming little book written in a jaunty rhyming verse style which immediately engages the interest and imagination of the younger reader.


I liked the way the dialogue flowed sequentially giving a gentle urgency to the developing situation whilst keeping the reader/listener fully engaged in the action. The author has included elements of the kind of simple humour that appeals to younger readers and the ‘menu’ was well thought out.


I particularly liked the thought of tasting the ‘Special Eye Scream’ – a clever play on words. This is a book that younger children will enjoy listening to, but I am equally certain that early readers will have no problem in succeeding in decoding much of the text using the simple rhyming patterns.


I look forward to reading more of Heggarty’s stories with my grand daughters (both aged 5)."

Janet Pedwell, Early Years Specialist

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