Early Chapter Book Review: Heidi Hecklebeck Has a Secret


Heidi Hecklebeck Has a Secret by Wanda Coven and Priscilla Burris (Illustrations)

Age Range: 5 and up

Series: Heidi Heckelbeck (Quality) (Book 1)

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Little Simon; Original edition (January 3, 2012)

Source: Bought for my Kindle

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Introducing Heidi Heckelbeck—a brand-new young chapter-book series with witchy whimsy!Now
readers between the ages of five and seven can read chapter books
tailor-made for a younger level of reading comprehension. Heavily
illustrated with large type, Little Simon’s young chapter books let
young readers feel like they are reading a “grown-up” format with
subject, text, and illustrations geared specifically for their own age

Heidi Heckelbeck seems like any other eight-year-old,
but she has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise. Careful to keep her
powers hidden (but excited to use them all the same), Heidi’s learning
to live like any other kid—who just happens to be witch. And with
easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, Heidi
Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

and her brother Henry have always been homeschooled—until now. But Heidi
is not happy about attending Brewster Elementary, especially not when
meanie Melanie Maplethorpe turns Heidi’s first day of school into a
nightmare by announcing that Heidi is smelly and ruining her art
project. Heidi feels horrible and never wants to go back to school—but
while sulking in her room at home, she remembers her special medallion
and Book of Spells. With a little bit of carefully concealed magic,
Heidi might be able to give Melanie a taste of her own medicine….

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About the Author:

Coven has always loved magic. When she was little, she used to make
secret potions from smooshed shells and acorns. Then she would pretend
to transport herself and her friends to enchanted places. Now she visits
other worlds through writing. Wanda lives with her husband and son in
San Jose, California. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia. –
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About the Illustrator:

I have loved creating art from a very young age ~ just about the time I was allowed to hold a pencil. Our neighborhood public library was built right across the street from our home, and that is where my love of children’s books truly began.

After high school, I attended and graduated from FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Studying Illustration, Design and Merchandising at FIDM provided valuable and vital tools that I have used continually throughout my career as a Designer and Children’s Book Illustrator. I love creating the clothing, scenery and settings that are needed for each character and story!

Developing characters who bring their own personalities and perspectives into a story or image is probably the most favorite part of what I do!

It’s a privilege, an honor, and a joy to illustrate books and materials for children, parents and teachers, as well as art for greeting cards, rubber stamps, murals, apparel designs ~ and cake painting, too!

It’s exciting to realize that there is always so much to learn and experience in creating art and design. I love my job!

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My Thoughts:

It’s funny how reading the right book to a child can make them come
alive. I had started reading a middle grade novel to my children before
bedtime each night. While the book was fantastic, it was far over my
five year old’s head. After a few nights of that, I switched over to
reading Heidi Hecklebeck Has a Secret to my kids. Instantly, both of my
children became engrossed in the story as they laughed and worried along
with Heidi. The simplified writing, illustrations, and relatable plot
all made it an enriching experience. My kids could understand and enjoy
the story. Each night they would ask for more of Heidi Hecklebeck.

As far as the writing and characters go, they were all what you would
expect from an early chapter book. The end of the book hints at
something larger that might happen as the series continues. You’d better
believe that my girls are asking for the next book in the series!

Illustrations – black and white illustrations on almost every page. Very cute and age appropriate.

Content: clean

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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    September 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Is it bad that I want her to get back at that bully? I'm sure things will turn around anyways where a wrong spell will be cast or the bully is actually nice.
    I love witch stories. Any age group, any genre, I don't care. This sounds right up my alley (:
    I'm curious – what middle grade book were you reading to your girls?

    • Reply
      September 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      You would probably like it, although the witch stuff doesn't really show up until the end. I think this book is free on amazon right now, or at least it was a few days ago.

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