Review: If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, #1) by Susan Maupin Schmid & Lissy Marlin (illustrator)

22608767If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic, Prince & Princess, Magical Creatures

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Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears. Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it. When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two…or a hundred.


Oh how I wish I had read this wonderful book when I was a little girl.

And I seriously think this would make a magnificent animated story.

It’s just that charming and magical. I mean, I suppose you already assume that from the original title and beautiful cover, but I can assure you that there is no exaggeration about them.

From the setting to the story to the characters, everything is marvellous. But really, who never dreamed of owning 100 gowns – exquisite gowns?

But wait a second, these dresses don’t only make you look extraordinary… They also make you look different. Indeed, put them on and you become someone else completely.

When Darling discovers them, she is in awe. Shocked, but then again, she wished for an adventure, and well, adventure found her.

It truly is a fun book. Truthfully, the writing could have been more fairytale-esque and we sure could have seen a little more of Princess Mariposa, but Darling and her friends – including the animals – as well as the rest of the characters bring this book to life with the intention of enthralling the reader.

And it works. It does one hell of a job of gripping our attention. I must admit there are repetitions, which are understandable since one is bound to find routine when dwelling in the same place, but I seriously believe an escapade somewhere would have done the plot wonders.

But whatever, it’s still so, so loveable. If you want to add sparkles to your childhood or just brighten your day, pick If the Magic Fits up! You won’t regret it, darlings. *wink* *wink*

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