Review: If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses #1)

Title: If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses #1)
Author: Susan Maupin Schmid
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears. Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it. When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two…or a hundred. 


I loved this unique fairytale!

In this story, Darling Dimple is an orphan who works as a servant in Princess Mariposa’s castle. Darling loses her job as a scrubber and has to work as a presser. There she discovers a closet full of magical dresses. She has to use the dresses to unlock the magic of the castle and ultimately save the Princess and her kingdom.

Darling Dimple started out as a shy girl, but her confidence grew when she wore the different magical dresses. Each dress turned her into a different person in the castle, from the head of the staff to aristocratic ladies. This was a great way of showing the parts of the story for both the castle staff and the royals.

I love reading retellings of fairytales and original ones. This one was so much fun. There was some foreshadowing at the end, which I think points to the next book in the series being about Darling Dimple’s biological parents.

What to read next:

Ghost of a Chance (100 Dresses #2) by Susan Maupin Schmid

Fairest of All (Whatever After #2) by Sarah Mlynowski

Have you read If the Magic Fits? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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