Befana Drama by Gianna Hartwright tells the tale of a witch and first look of the cover I thought this story would be more aimed at girls than boys. The story of Befana is not one I was familiar with, and tells the tale of a witch famed in Italy for giving coal or candy to girls and boys. January 6th is the date when this witch rewards the good and punishes the bad children of Italy. This series includes characters of all the familiar folklore favourites, Santa, elves, Old father time, as well as the more unusual.
When Befana is told that her role is being downsized, what does a witch do? I don’t think that going quietly is an option and the following moments where Befana fights back make this a very unusual story. I found the story easy to follow and was intrigued by this old twisted character, and the history of this traditional Italian festival.
have a look at this video to find out more about the story behind the book, or indeed what its like to be a VIPB, Very important present giver!
With a second book already in the series, Befana goes on to open her own theme park, with the help of the Dubai boy band, The Three Kings, how will the plans unfold? Enemies Old and new will do anything to stop Befana’s plans. You will have to read on to find out what happens.
These books make perfect reading for fans of fairy-tale with a twist, and I know are something I would have loved to read as a child as I loved the Grimm fairy-tale style of these books. It is nice to read a book that isn’t full of cute and pretty pink fairy tales, and I think this will be a great series f books for boys and girls 8+ for years to come.
The Befana Drama, is available now from bookshops and online, with a RRP £8.99 for the first book and RRP £7.99 for the second in the series. If you would like the chance to win this pair of books for yourself and find out more about this mystical magical world of Befana the witch then enter your details below.
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