ONE WITCH

Laura Leuck, Author, S. D. Schindler, Illustrator , illus. by S.D. Schindler. Walker $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8027-8860-3

Leuck's (Goodnight, Baby Monster) smooth counting rhyme tracks a witch as she collects nasty "goodies" from ghosts, goblins and the like. "Two cats/ inside a pail/ gave the witch/ a fish's tail./ Three scarecrows/ stuffed with straw/ gave the witch/ a blackbird's claw." After hoarding nine icky ingredients, the witch concocts a potluck stew and issues invitations; the rhymes now let readers count down, from 10 to one. "(Everybody loved it too!)/ They saved the last bowl just for.../ you!" Schindler's (Runaway Pumpkin, reviewed below) closely observed, echoes-of-Gorey images build to a surprise conclusion: the witch turns to the unsuspecting audience, proffering a steaming dish. Ages 3-8. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 08/04/2003
Release date: 08/01/2003
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-7475-8357-8
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-34586-6
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-8027-8861-0
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