cover image Druscilla's Halloween

Druscilla's Halloween

Sally M. Walker, , illus. by Lee White. . Lerner/Carolrhoda, $16.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-8225-8941-9

In this underdog story set “a million spells ago,” Druscilla, the “ricketiest witch of all,” lives in a mountaintop house outside town. Back then, witches used to tiptoe to do their “spooking and spelling.” But with her creaky knees, Druscilla lacks the “element of surprise.” After an awkward donkey ride and a soggy re-enactment of Icarus's flight, she hatches an idea: “Blood of worms, wings of bees,/ A quiet flight for noisy knees./ Up and down, around the room/ Get up and fly, you beautiful broom!” The physical humor will entertain, though readers may wish for more views of Druscilla's triumphant flight. Ages 5–9. (Aug.)