Davy has a fascination with art and often draws angels in the dirt around town to pass the time, all the while being careful to avoid the disapproving eye of the minister…Read More
Aster was born into a life of magic. His mother and older sister are witches, and his father is a shapeshifter. It has always been this way: male shapeshifters and female witches. Aster, who struggles with shapeshifting, is drawn to words of power...Read More
Hansel and Gretel, is a story written by the Brothers Grimm. In this retelling, Hansel and Gretel overhear their stepmother forcing their father to abandon his children in the forest the next day. Hansel goes out and collects white stones that night so that he can leave a trail to return home...Read More
Macie and her mother, two con-women living on the road, arrive at Witchtown and hope to make it their last big job. Macie's mother, Aubra, a natural witch, leads the cons and uses her magic in the end to erase the townspeople's memories after they've been robbed...Read More
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
A witch summons another ride, and leaves her old broom behind after it lost it power to fly and crashed them into an elderly widow's garden. After taking in the broom, the widow discovers that it can sweep a floor by itself, play a piano one note at a time, and magically perform other useful tasks. Her neighbors come to see the broom and feel that the broom is unnatural and dangerous. Children bully the broom, and when it defends itself the neighbor visits the widow and demands that it's destroyed. In order to placate her neighbors, she pretends to destroy the broom, but secretly paints it white and has it haunt her neighbor as a ghost. Frightened, the neighbor moves away while the widow continues to enjoy the piano music one note at a time.
This delightful story's illustrations are monochromatic, but wonderful. Readers will love the chiaroscuro lighting in the more dynamic pictures. This a perfect book for October that tells a fun, slightly haunting tale to young children. It is told much like a traditional folktale without the Disney twist, meaning that the bullies get their just desserts and brooms lose their flight and old widows play clever tricks on their neighbors. Although The Widow's Broom is an enjoyable read, there are no subtle moral messages within the story; it has just enough magic, mystery, and mayhem to send a good autumn chill down your spine.
While flying on her broom through town, Grimelda sees a poster for the Spooktacular Pet Show. Sure that her cat is the most spooktacular pet around, she rushes home to find Wizzleworts sound asleep...Read More