- Publisher: Scholastic paperback; First edition. 1st Scholastic printing. edition (1967)
- ASIN: B000GR79C4
- Package Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,650,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spook Paperback – 1967
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Poor Spook! He's the only dog in the world who belongs to a witch! And she'd rather have a cat! No wonder she's so mean to him. But it's Halloween, and anything can happen. When Spook falls off the witch's broomstick, he lands right on Jamie, a real boy. Jamie wants to keep Spook. But it's not so easy. First Jamie must win a terrible contest against the witch. If he loses, he'll never see Spook again.
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It's a story of love & Spook's longing to be in a warm caring home & little weak Jamie's desire to be able to do the same things as his older siblings. I rather liked little Jamie & felt kind of sorry for him when his siblings went to the Halloween party without him. I also get the feeling that his older brother teased him a lot.
I thought it was neat that Jamie grew to love Spook so much that he risked his own life to ride on mischievous Grimalda's broomstick and over to the witch coven at the hillside cave. I suspect Jamie was a bit frightened of the large, imposing Head Witch, but it turns out that the Head Witch is a fair judge, is not really a bad witch & I think she was impressed by Jamie's supernatural power to turn Spook back into a normal dog after Grimalda hexes Spook into a caterpillar. I think by the end of the contest, the Head Witch rather liked little Jamie & saw that Jamie had a rather big heart & kind soul. I wonder if Jamie's a wizard, but doesn't know it?
It's so touching how sweet Jamie loved Spook so much and there were several funny parts like the witches (all old crones, the kind you'd mostly find in Knockturn Alley of Potterverse) cackling and fussing to each other and Grimalda's frightening poor Jamie at the Halloween party and the rather amusing, yet touching part where Spook, in the guise of a leaf accidentally lands in the Head Witch's lap and Jamie's so nervous, being still a bit frightened of the Head Witch, that he swallows as he tries to touch the leaf.
The ending is truly a scene of pure magic as Halloween ends and November begins. I think after that fateful Halloween, Jamie's siblings will have a new respect for their little brother and Spook goes thru a transformation himself. It's one of the most memorable childhood books that I've read.