So, I must point out by saying that the Witches of Aira Falls collection of poetry is clearly geared at an older child/young teen. When opening the front cover I had no idea what to expect from this book, but I must say - I was very pleasantly surprised.
Joanna has done this extremely well, as the style is rhythmic, but easy to read and visualise.
While reading this book I could clearly get a grasp to what the characters were like and their differences were clearly defined - the use of adverbs, similes and metaphors were used very effectively to achieve this.
The structure of the pieces of verse in this book isn't overly complex, as there are no difficult rhyming schemes or intricate and elaborate words being used, which goes to show that this collection is aimed at a young audience.
However, this does not mean that an older audience would not enjoy it and get as much out of it - essentially it's a collection for anyone and everyone, which I like.
From the outset of this book it is clear that the objective is not simply to pass on verse simply for the sake of doing so, oh no, this book has a purpose - to educate.
This book is very engaging for the reader, as towards the end of the book they are asked to get involved, either by composing their own poem or by drawing their own pictures, which is certainly new and innovative - so kudos to you Joanna.
I gave this book four out of five stars in the main because at the end of the book I was left with wanting to know more, which is not a bad thing - it's always good to keep the reader wanting more, I'm just impatient. I am very intrigued to see how this collection develops...