cover image Witch in the City (Crimson Twill #1)

Witch in the City (Crimson Twill #1)

Kallie George, illus. by Birgitta Sif. Candlewick, $14.99 (64p) ISBN 978-1-5362-1463-5

Giggling instead of cackling, skipping instead of slinking, and sporting a black hat with a big crimson bow, young Crimson Twill is portrayed as hardly witch-“typical.” When the pale-skinned witch travels with her mother from their Cackle County home to Broomingdale’s, New Wart City offers myriad opportunities for Crimson to showcase her developing know-how and compassionate heart. Riddled with wordplay (“Slime Square,” “Vera Fang”), George’s chapter book series starter revels in lighthearted witchy whimsy while underlining themes of being true to oneself; Sif’s textural b&w illustrations depict a variously inclusive city community. Ages 7–9. (July)