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The Ugly Teapot Review



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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 . . .

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.




I received this book from the author for free so that I could review it! This doesn’t impact my opinions. Thank you!!!!

  • When Brianna and I were emailed to read The Ugly Teapot, I think we both were really excited. It sounded kind of cute an ugly teapot is Aladdin’s Lamp? Whaaaaaat? Yeah, it was a unique idea and we both LOVED it.
  • I think it’s important to note that The Ugly Teapot isn’t really a fairy tale retelling. It has some similarities to Aladdin but it’s not an Aladdin retelling. It has the lamp with a possible genie (you’ll have to read it to find out).
  • What I liked most about The Ugly Teapot was the writing. Each word seemed to be well thought out and the writing was just beautiful. From the very first sentence I was swept away into the magical story (with the very magical writing). If you want to read a well written story, I’d definitely try out The Ugly Teapot!
  • Another great thing about The Ugly Teapot was the characters. Everyone had their own personality and story. The way they talked and interacted with one another seemed real to me. You know a story is good when the dialog is good, and that was the case for this one. My favorite character was Griff, the main characters dog. He was an adventurous dog, I loved Hannah’s relationship with him. Well, the whole family relationship was great too. What’s different about The Ugly Teapot is that it seems to focus more on family relationships than it does with just love (mostly). It was a nice change from reading constant stories with love triangles and what not. So there’s positive number three~Realistic characters and a focus that isn’t on romance.


  • The Ugly Teapot is a well written story with similarities to Aladdin (although it’s not a retelling). The characters seem real and there isn’t a huge focus on love. I’d definitely read it if you want an adventurous story that sweeps you off your feet.

3 thoughts on “The Ugly Teapot Review

  1. This one sounds SO GOOD – looks like a total hidden gems and I love discovering those a lot. I like the unique idea with the ugly teapot being the lamp & that the blurb doesn’t tell that much about the plot – or so it seems to be without reading. I also love stories that are very loosely based on a well-known classic tale, instead of being full-on retellings (though, I’m a fan of the latter, too).

    Great review! 🙂
    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques


    1. You should read it 😀 The Ugly Teapot is definitely a gem! I really do recommend it, it was kind of like a breath of fresh air. I LOVE retellings also, I just haven’t read many xD I think it’s cool to take a classic and put an awesome twist on it 🙂
      Thank you for the comment!


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