Little Witch’s Big Night

Little Witch’s Big Night is written by Deborah Hautzig and illustrated by Marc Brown.

All of the witches are busy getting ready for their big night – Halloween! All of them except Little Witch, that is. Little Witch isn’t very good at, well, being a witch.

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‘Then Mother Witch looked under the bed.

“And you cleaned the cobwebs!”

Mother witch was angry.’

As punishment, Mother Witch tells Little Witch she’ll have to stay home on Halloween. As the other witches fly away on their broomsticks for the night, Little Witch watches forlornly from the ground. Not even her bat Scrubby’s antics can cheer her up. Soon, Little Witch’s cloudy mood is interrupted by the sound of the doorbell. Puzzled, Little Witch answers the door and lo and behold there’s a devil, a pirate, and an astronaut asking for treats. Little Witch doesn’t have any candy but she does devise another kind of treat for her guests.

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“Horrible borrible,

Spinach pie,

Come on broomstick,

Fly, fly, fly!”

Little Witch only has room for two people at a time on her broomstick so the devil, pirate, and astronaut all get to have their own adventure on the back of Little Witch’s broom. Along the way Little Witch and her new friends encounter a pirate ship, the big city, and some winking jack-o’-lanterns; all while doing loop-the-loops, flying upside down, and zooming backwards.

New friends for Little Witch, broomstick rides for the new friends, a spooky, nasty Halloween for Mother Witch, and reconciliation between Mother and Little Witch means the best Halloween ever, all round.

This is a “Step Into Reading” book, targeted at beginner readers from grades one to three. The lively illustrations and easy to read story is a great Halloween treat for the new reader. Hautzig manages the difficult task of descriptive yet readable material that’s both slyly educational and lots of fun. Marc Brown, most well known as the creator of the Arthur series, lives up to the text with cute, Halloween themed illustrations. Brown’s child-like style accompanies a book meant for a child reader very well. The crooked lines and uneven angles lend a sense of fun and imagination to the text.

A definite addition to your kid’s Halloween reading list. Don’t have a kid? Skip it.

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