The Witches' Supermarket

Susan Meddaugh, Author, Susan Meddaugh, Illustrator Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-395-57034-0
In a highly original Halloween tale, Meddaugh ( Tree of Birds ; Too Many Monsters ) again evinces a gently humorous, delightfully skewed imagination. As Helen, in a witch costume, and her dog Martha, dressed as a cat (``Witches have cats, not dogs. Everybody knows that'') set out for trick-or-treating, the woman ahead of them drops a piece of paper. Hurrying after her to return it--a coupon for a free broom--Helen and Martha hesitate when she disappears behind a door marked ``Trespassers Will Be Sorry.'' Peeking inside, Helen announces, ``It's just a supermarket!'' and the pair ventures in. But this is no ordinary food store--its counters display such fare as``Apples with Worms,'' ``Cran-Spider'' drink and ``Shake 'n Bake Snake.'' When the light finally dawns for Helen, readers, of course, will be way ahead of her--thanks not only to the book's title but to its hilarious, none-too-subtle illustrations. This knowledge only adds to the fun, however: the giggles begin early, and by the chaotic escape scene, develop into full-scale belly laughs. Definitely in the ``treat'' category. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-0-606-08394-2
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-395-70092-1
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-544-32358-2
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