19 ½ Spells Disguised as Poems

The first thing you should know about this book is that it’s DEFINITELY NOT a collection of actual magic spells because magic isn’t real, obviously. Disguising spells as a collection of poems is the kind of wickedly brilliant thing that only an absolute supervillain would do, and this poet is not any kind of supervillain. He’s an actual poet who’s won awards and everything and certainly wouldn’t disguise a series of spells as a collection of poems about zombies, monsters, and rapping grandmas. What a ridiculous suggestion! 

“If you only read one book this year…you aren’t reading enough books. What is wrong with you? Read more books. And this should be one of them.” – Frederick von Happenstance, third Earl of Notwitheringshire

“I asked my grandma to buy me a book to help me with my spelling but she didn’t hear me properly and she bought me this book of spells instead. I am very happy with it and in unrelated news my annoying brother has been mysteriously turned into a goldfish.” – Cynthia Newtonberry, aspiring wizard, age 9 and three quarters 

“This is the worst recipe book I have ever read.” – Agatha Malpractice, professional lip-reader and amateur lip-syncer

“A delicious, low-calorie snack with a zesty flavour.” – Blurck, bookworm.

Available in paperback and ebook from Amazon, Bookshop.org, or your favourite online bookstore or online retailer.


Book Details

Weight 180 g
Dimensions 203 × 133 mm

76 pages






Junior Fiction, Poetry

Release date

17 December 2019




Odyssey Books

About The Author

Josh Donellan

Josh Donellan

Josh Donellan is an author, poet, musician, music journalist, teacher, voice actor and event manager. He was almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas and once fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India. He has an unnatural fondness for scrabble and an irrational dislike of frangipanis.

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