From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7 Another chronicle of remarkable doings at Coven Tree, a village somewhere in New England, andalthough some might not think it possiblea better-crafted, more fascinating account than Brittain's previous novels The Wish Giver (1983) and Devil's Donkey (1981, both Harper). Directly commissioned by Satan, Dr. Dredd arrives to sow seeds of greed in the townfolk of Coven Tree. Dredd's agent is a captive boy who can make rain, a commodity long scarce in Coven Tree. As told by storekeeper ``Stew Meat,'' the people rally and overcome Dredd and his supernatural allies, Antaeus (last defeated by Hercules); the Black Knight; and a new-hatched, fire-breathing dragon. Witchy and wonderful, scenes and characters are extremely visual representations of people and their well-paced action. How the mega-evil Dr. Dredd comes on strong in Coven Tree and is finally, and satisfactorily, reduced to ``a tiny pile of white dust,'' is so engrossing that when readers finish this tale, they will want to flip back to the beginning and read it again. George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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About the Author
Bill Brittain's tales of the rural New England village of Coven Tree are well loved by children of all ages. The Wish Giver
was a Newbery Honor Book; it and Devil's Donkey
were both named ALA Notabled Children's Books as well as School Library Journal
Best Books. Dr. Dredd's Wagon of Wonders
was a 1988 Children's Editors' Choice (ALA Booklist
), and Professor Popkin's Prodigious Polish
was named a "Pick of the Lists" by American Bookseller.
Mr. Brittain has written many other delightful books, which have also received high acclaim. Among these are All the Money in the World, which won the 1982-1983 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award and which has been adapted for an ABC-TV Saturday Special; and The Fantastic Freshman, which was named an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Bill Brittain lives with his wife, Ginny, in Asheville, North Carolina.