From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–A friendly young witch describes what she likes most about Halloween. She explains that although most of her kind …are afraid of humans, she has done research and concluded that people are not that bad. She plans to visit them this Halloween night as they trick a tree. After boarding her broom, she zooms in a circle, becomes dizzy, and crashes near some trick-or-treaters. She soon discovers that a brave witch and a brave human girl dressed as a witch are not so very different. As the book ends, the two new friends share a moonlit broomstick ride. The chatty text appears in dialogue balloons. Done in black ink and watercolor, the cartoon artwork captures the holiday's spirit with crisp fall colors and amusing details. Busy witches decorate their creepy-looking mansion by hanging skeletons, un-caging bats, and sprinkling spiders out the windows. In the Sub-Basement Costume Unit, a seamstress is hard at work sewing a monster paw; costumes line the walls (Frankenstein, a space creature, etc.); and politician masks share space with a jar full of eyeballs. Both children–one green and one not–are appealing, and the witch's orange cat, with its expressive features, adds to the fun. A humorous, not-scary-at-all read-aloud.–Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
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About the Author
Alison McGhee is the New York Times
bestselling author of Someday
, as well as Firefly Hollow
, Little Boy
, So Many Days
, Bye-Bye Crib
, A Very Brave Witch
, and the Bink and Gollie books. Her other children’s books include All Rivers Flow to the Sea
, Countdown to Kindergarten
, and Snap
. Alison is also the author of the Pulitzer Prize–nominated adult novel Shadowbaby
, which was also a Today
show book club selection. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and you can visit her at AlisonMcGhee.com.
Harry Bliss is an award-winning, nationally syndicated cartoonist and cover artist for the New Yorker
. He is the illustrator of the New York Times
bestselling books A Fine, Fine School
by Sharon Creech and Diary of a Worm
and Diary of a Spider
, both written by Doreen Cronin. Mr. Bliss lives with his family in northern Vermont.