Book Review: Halloweena by Miriam Glassman

Today’s Halloween book review is Halloweena by Miriam Glassman. Here’s what it’s about:

When crotchety old witch Hepzibah is given a human child to take care of, she’s horrified (“not a wart on her,” poor thing). And when, after years of careful training in witchery, the child, Halloweena, asks for human playmates, Hepzibah is aghast. Nevertheless, she wants to see Halloweena happy, and as she tries to find friends for her daughter, Halloweena proves she is indeed a good witch-in-training by conjuring up a way to keep them both happy.

I liked this story but was a little disappointed with the ending. The book was witty, so I guess I expected a wittier ending. Hepzibah the witch is a wonderful and quirky character the kids will love. Also loved the illustrations by Victoria Roberts. All the kids costumes were great. If you’re looking for books about acceptance, this is good one.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review: Wild Witches Ball by Jack Prelutsky

Today’s Halloween Book review is Wild Witches Ball by Jack Prelutsky. Here’s what it’s about:

A tall witch, a round witch, a silly witch, too. Some are spooky, some are cute, and one wears go-go boots They have gathered for their ball. Why not try to count them all?

This is a playful poem that counts backward from ten. The illustrations are equally playful and fun. This is a really quick read I think kids will enjoy over and over again, especially if you count the witches on each page.

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Book Review: The Witch Casts a Spell by Suzanne Williams

Today’s Halloween book review is The Witch Casts a Spell by Suzanne Williams. Here’s what it’s about:

With its delightfully hair-raising surprise ending, this Halloween frolic is set to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”

I had fun reading this story with the music of The Farmer in the Dell in my head. What I really liked about this book is the illustrations. Barbara Olsen did a spectacular job! Very creative! It’s a mix of drawings and fabric that made the visuals very eye catching. I actually went back and browsed through the book a second time.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

When I was looking for Halloween books to review I ran across Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. This isn’t a Halloween themed book, but it’s worth a mention, so I decided to write a second review today. Here’s what it’s about:

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

WOW! What amazing illustrations by Axel Scheffler. The witch is silly yet sweet looking, and the animals are adorable. The dragon is colorful and a little silly himself. The dark yet colorful illustrations really worked with this story. And speaking of story, it’s a poem, and a fun one at that. The witch finds some faithful friends that are willing to help her in the end. I really enjoyed this one and so will you.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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