Illustrated by Victoria Roberts
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002
From the dust jacket: “When crotchety old witch Hepzibah is given a human child to take care of, she’s horrified (“Not a wart on her,” poor thing). And when, after years of careful training in witchery, the child, Halloweena, asks for human playmates, Hepzibah is aghast. Nevertheless, she wants to see Halloweena happy, and as she tries to find friends for her daughter, Halloweena proves she is indeed a good witch-in-training by conjuring up a way to keep them both happy. A wickedly funny tale of adoption, acceptance, and self-sufficiency for ALL seasons, with spellbinding illustrations by the New Yorker artist Victoria Roberts.”
I’m not a fan of books that teach lessons and if I had read the dust jacket description before I checked it out of the library, I probably would have left it behind. But I was looking for Halloween books, so I grabbed it without looking to see what it was about. Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t leave it behind because although the story turned out to be just okay, the illustrations are wonderful – they’re very imaginative and whimsical. The typeface is a medium size and the large words used are good for more experienced readers.
Rating: the story rates out at 2 paws, but the illustrations are 4 paws, so I’m giving it a middle of the road rating of 3 paws.
Reviewer: Simon, A Halloween Cat