Celebrate Halloween with this bright and adventurous picture book!
Fans of Room on the Broom will want to fly the night sky with these ten little witches in this fun and festive Halloween counting book! Whether zooming past rattling skeletons, buzzing by pie-stealing mummies, or soaring over a werewolf with bad breath, readers will be cheering for this exciting group of witches and their high-flying Halloween adventures! Plus, play a game of I Spy and find the cat and owl on every page!
"An enjoyable celebration of witchy sisterhood." - Publisher's Weekly
"Bright and cheerful." - School Library Journal
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CAROLE GERBER has written sixteen picture books, two chapter books, and more than a hundred elementary reading and science books for a variety of publishers. A former teacher and journalist, she holds a BS in English education and an MA in journalism from Ohio State University. Visit her at carolegerber.com.
MICHAEL FLEMING has been drawing fantastic scenes on various surfaces since the age of three. His colorful work blends a love of nature with a dash of the mischievous. He is the illustrator of Twinky the Dinky Dog and Ten Eggs in a Nest and lives on the mysterious island of Alameda (in California) with his wife, two cats, and two dogs. Visit him at tweedlebop.com.
PreS-Gr 1—Ten diverse witches take flight on Halloween night as they avoid nonthreatening monsters in this numerical concept book. Awkward rhyming stanzas accompany each page spread, starting with the number one, and climb higher as each adorable little witch escapes whatever trouble is brewing below her. Bright and cheerful artwork wars with vocabulary that conjures a degree of spookiness that never comes to fruition. For example, when a ghost haunts "a witch as she jump[s] in fright," both are smiling at each other as if they're old friends. As each witch hops on her broom to evade trouble, she brings with her an item that travels with her throughout the rest of the story. This may be a black cat, an owl, or even a pie (one witch is a baker). It becomes quite crowded on the page toward the end. As a concept book for small children, this selection will be rather cumbersome without ritualized dialogue support from an adult. VERDICT A cute but ultimately flawed additional selection for libraries in need of updating their Halloween collections.—Rachel Zuffa, Racine Public Library, WI
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