cover image Halloween Sky Ride

Halloween Sky Ride

Elizabeth Spurr, , illus. by Ethan Long. . Holiday, $16.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8234-1870-1

Speeding to the eight o'clock Witches' Wobble, "A Grand Buffet (with skunk filet!)," Witch Mildred kindly picks up six hitchhikers. Her passengers include a hungry skeleton, a chilly mummy and a black cat who strains the broom's limits. When the riders finally arrive, the "pickleworm paté" and "spiderweb soufflé" are long gone, but their friendship perseveres as they trick-or-treat for sustenance instead. Spurr's (Farm Life ) rhyming tale recalls the cozier Room on the Broom , while Long (Oh Yeah! ) contributes goofy, good-natured characters like a jack-o'-lantern whose expression changes depending on the mood. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)