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Author: Harriet Muncaster

Illustrator: Harriet Muncaster

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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A young girl in her cat costume shares all of the reasons why she thinks her mom is a witch. There are the bottles of potions in the bathroom and magical herbs in the garden. When her mom’s friends come over they cackle and swap books, and our cat gets to ride her mom's electric broom. But on Friday nights, her Mom goes out … because sometimes she just needs a break. This is a picture book that despite its Halloween feel can be shared all year round.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 2.8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: The mixed media illustrations are great. I love the way the author combines a 'paper' character with miniature creations. They're fun to look at and add dimension to the story (no pun intended). I have mixed feelings about the story, though. There is a lot to like, particularly the little girl’s imagination. Kids will enjoy figuring out the things the young girl describes as "witchcraft." I also liked the ending where the little girl explains to readers that even when she has a babysitter her Mom is always her mom. The last image, though, took away from the story as a whole.

Pros: Readers looking for a unique twist on a Halloween-ish story will enjoy our young narrator’s imaginative tale.

Cons: Because of the cover, this will likely be billed as a Halloween story, but its not. This is a story you could read all year long.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is cute, but after a few times, your kids will be ready to move on. This is a book that could come in handy on a night that you're getting a babysitter and your child is worried about you not being there.


Educational Themes: Encourage your kids to give everyday items in your house new names or new purposes. There is an unspoken theme about being mom's helper that you could also draw out.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, picture book, Halloween

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2014

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