The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes // Review

Title: The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

Rating: ★★★ .5

Release: 30th March 2016

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.
To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.
Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.  She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . . 



A fun Middle Grade story with a deep underlying message that will leave you laughing one second, and crying in the next.

This debut novel follows Hannah as she discovers a magical lamp disguised as an ugly teapot. She rubs it and then the genie appears, but Hannah’s first wish is to bring her father back from the dead. What follows on from this are consequences dangerous to not only Hannah, but to all humanity.

I really liked how this book was written. I love Middle Grade books, and I loved the story and how exciting the story was. It was so exciting and fast paced, and Hannah was such a wonderfully created character. The depth of her grief was so believable and the way she interacted with the Genie was brilliant.

The link to the actual Aladdin story was such a brilliant addition, it was such a surprise and added a brilliant nod to the first ever stories.

The underlying story of grief was one of the most beautiful things I’ve read. It can be rare to find such a hard hitting issue in a MG novel, but this was done brilliantly. I felt everything that Hannah did, and the ending was beautifully heartbreaking.

A fun yet emotional story that leaves you wanting more. Fun for all ages with beautiful writing, and some of the most relatable characters.

You can buy The Ugly Teapot on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent The Ugly Teapot in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

9 thoughts on “The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes // Review

  1. I haven’t heard of this story and the description does sound interesting since it involves genies and wishes. I’m just glad you gave an honest review on behalf of the author even if you didn’t like it as much. I live for honesty!

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