A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking – Book Review

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by: T. Kingfisher
Published on: July 21, 2020

Ah! This was so cute and creative. The author must have had a blast writing this because it shows.


It all starts when Mona discovers a dead body in their bakery. Mona is a wizard that works with bread. Yep, bread. That’s it – just bread. And although this is considered minor magic, she still gets accused of the murder solely because she is a wizard. It doesn’t take long before she learns there is a growing threat that magicas like her are facing in the city-state and while most magical individuals leave (or are killed), Mona soon finds herself in the unenviable position of having to stand-up and fight against the enemy.

And face the enemy she does – with bread! Who knew bread could have so many uses in battle? With a side-kick named Bob (yeast starter), a gingerbread man familiar, and a newfound belief and understanding of her talents she almost single-handedly helps win a war/battle. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to so many chapters about battle and preparation for battle in a middle grade book as I did in this one. And it was all awesome.

The story is told through Mona’s perspective, where she injects wit and humor into everything. But I also loved how she realized and discussed with herself that this should have been completely handled by the adults. It should never have come down to a kid like her having to be the one to make people aware of the dangers against the magicas or be forced to save the day. The adults should have been, well…the adults should have been the adults. They should have realized what was going on and put a stop to it.

Highly recommend if you are looking for a light, fun read with a comedic touch. It’s a middle grade story, but one that someone at any age could enjoy.

Rating 5 stars