It’s Raining Bats & Frogs

Rebecca Colby, illus. by Steven Henry. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-250-04992-6
When it rains during the annual Witch Parade, a young green witch named Delia uses magic to try to fix the problem, starting with a very literal take on the idea of it raining cats and dogs. But the animals wreak havoc, a subsequent spell that causes a downpour of hats and clogs results in squabbles amid the witch’s frumpy coven, and falling frogs and bats—while exciting at first (“Snack time, girls!” declares one witch)—means slimy hats. Once Delia turns the precipitation back into water, the parade is a smashing success as dancing skeletons, a ghost marching band, and even the marching “Scarecrows Union” tromp across a flooded meadowland. It’s a whimsical Halloween adventure from first-time author Colby, and Henry’s cartoons make the most of the comedic setup. Ages 2–5. Author’s agent: Kathleen Rushall, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/27/2015
Release date: 08/11/2015
Genre: Children's
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