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Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Picky Little Witch by Elizabeth Brokamp

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Can you believe it?  It's already OCTOBER!  Fall has arrived (not quite weather wise in my neck of the woods) and with it the spooks, creepy crawlies, and witching hour.  One word for you....AWESOME!  Yep.  I LOVE October, for multiple reasons.  First, it gives you the PERFECT excuse to tackle all those twisted tales floating around out there just begging to be read.  Second, it's a month of celebrations in my household; my birthday, mom's birthday, mom and dad's anniversary, and of course Halloween.  Last but not least....we are THAT much closer to Christmas!  Yeah, I love my scary times but also my sweet holiday titles.  What can I say? I'm a mixed bag!  Anywho...

Today, we're exploring the pages of our first spooky-tinged seasonal title via Pelican Publishing Company.  It stars a classic character that doesn't necessarily play to type and is PERFECT for the whole family.  Ready the cooking fires and prepare the cauldron!  Today's book of choice is...

Elizabeth Brokamp
Illustrated by
Marsha Riti

With her little green nose turned up in the air, Little Witch wants nothing to do with the piping hot brew in Mama Witch's cauldron.  It matters not what "favorite" ingredients she's thrown in.  Wart of a frog, heel of a boot, wizard's sneeze, even the salt and pepper for seasoning, nothing is making her down a bowl of this mystery soup.  Well, at least until Mama Witch says it's the soup or no trick-or-treating.  Putting her bravest face on and pinching her nose, Little Witch gives it a discover that maybe, just MAYBE, Mama Witch knows what she's talking about.  

It's a sweet story with just enough spooky fun to match the coming holiday.  The illustrations are wonderful and whimsical from cover to cover.  The expressions on Little Witch's face when she learns of all the brew's add-ins.  The delight in Mama Witch's eyes when she knows her little own is taken care of.  My favorite was actually in the latter half when the tables are turned and MAMA WITCH learns about the goodness of things foreign or unusual from LITTLE WITCH.  It's good to see lessons learned on both sides of the broom.

All in all, a fun and tasty read that will add a dose of Halloween fun to your October reading.  It has characters and gross out ingredients that little ones will get a kick out of while older readers can explore the added fun of making their own Halloween soup with the included recipe at book's end.  I'd call that a win-win, wouldn't you?

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Special thanks to the Pelican Publishing Company team for the review copy.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  If this one strikes your fancy, be sure to check out the sequel where Picky Little Witch goes Back to School!

Until next time...happy reading!


Tracy Terry said...

Loving the cover. This sounds like a cute read, perfect given that Halloween is almost upon us.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh my. Where did September go? Where did the year go!?! lol. Love this cover. Sounds like a cute Halloween read for kids. :)

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