cover image HALLOWEENA


Miriam Glassman, , illus. by Victoria Roberts. . S&S/Atheneum, $15.95 (30pp) ISBN 978-0-689-82825-6

HParental responsibilities weigh on Hepzibah the witch, who gives up her "wild nights out with the ghouls" to tend Halloweena, the human baby thrust on the witch by her sister. Hepzibah builds Halloweena a three-pronged training broom and teaches her to "burn cupcakes to a crackly crisp," but refuses to let her befriend unmagical children. Inevitably, the girl gets her way—on her namesake holiday. Glassman (Box Top Dreams) enlivens her premise with witty wordplay and sneaky fairy-tale references; New Yorker cartoonist Roberts offsets the creepy-crawlies (e.g., fresh-baked "lady fingers" are the kind with knuckles) by depicting a matronly Hepzibah tidily presiding over a menagerie of cats, bats and reptiles. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)