A Very Brave Witch

Alison McGhee, Author, Harry Bliss, Illustrator , illus. by Harry Bliss. S&S/Wiseman $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-689-86730-9

You might not believe this, but most witches are afraid of humans," a witch girl confides. As her encyclopedic Big Book of Humans indicates, "Humans aren't green like us," and they often dislike flying. Consequently, older witches tremble when she takes a Halloween risk and offers a human girl a broom ride. McGhee and Bliss (previously paired for Countdown to Kindergarten ) take a witty, sideways approach to multicultural crossover; the parental demographic might chuckle at headstones labeled Addams and Joey Ramone. Bliss channels Charles M. Schulz in his voice-bubble dialogue and expressive drawings of children with circular heads, simple mouths and dot-eyes with parentheses-shaped eyelids. Like Michael Rex's Brooms Are for Flying! and David Costello's Here They Come! , this tale demystifies the amiable protagonist and her non-green counterpart alike. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 08/14/2006
Release date: 08/01/2006
Genre: Children's
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