Sally M. Walker
Illustrations by Lee White
Carolrhoda Books, Lerner Publishing Group, 2009
From the dust jacket, “Did witches always ride brooms? No! In fact, long, long ago, witches crept about on tiptoe. On Halloween, they would scare children and cast spells . . . but always from the round. No witch ever thought of flying until Druscilla. Druscilla was an old witch with the loudest, creakiest knees anyone had ever heard. But she was determined not to let anything spoil her element of surprise. One Halloween, after many failed attempts at sneaking up on unsuspecting villagers, Druscilla made a discover that changed the course of witch history.”
A funny picture book about an old witch with bad knees! (Kind of like my mom – except for the witch part.) Poor Druscilla tries to go to town to scare folks but her knees crack so loudly she even scares off the woodland creatures. She tries several different ways sneak into town, but all of them fail. Then as she’s cleaning up the mess from the last experiment, she thinks – what about her broom! She tries a spell on it, and low and behold, it works and off she flies into the night sky!
Druscilla has the traditional green face of a witch and the traditional black witch’s way of dressing, but instead of a black cat familiar she has an orange tabby cat named Drizzle who is really cute! Since the typeface is all different sizes and colors based on the background color, beginning readers may have trouble with it. The illustrations are nice but a little dark in color – lots of shadows and candle light. It would make for great reading at night by flashlight!!
Reviewer: Simon, a Halloween Cat