Which Nose for Witch?
David Crosby, illus. by Carolina Coroa. Maverick Arts, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-84886-778-9
A young white witch knows her own mind—and nose—in this story about self-confidence. When the day comes for Grizelda to follow tradition and choose her adult witch nose from the bumpy, warty, hairy options at the Conk Boutique, she’s game. But after trying on several contenders, she shockingly insists on abandoning the mission, much to her mother’s chagrin. While mother and daughter discuss the matter, Griz sees the perfect nose staring back at her from her reflection in the shop window and makes a firm decision to buck convention altogether. Crosby’s rhyming text sustains a jaunty tone while accurately capturing the drama, and Coroa’s lineup of noses, sealed in jars on the Conk Boutique’s shelves, are frightful indeed. Ages 4–9. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/22/2021