The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children by Keith McGowan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
When Sol and his younger sister Connie move into a new neighborhood, they soon face a couple of unnerving facts: they have a real-life witch as their neighbor, and their parents are trying to get rid of them (by “donating” them to the witch so she can eat them!).
Sol and Connie have every intension of avoiding the witch, but they are too late realizing that the children’s librarian is her ally! While Connie waits for Sol to be finished on the computer, the librarian catches Connie so she can give her to the witch! Sol must put his own fears aside so he can focus on finding and rescuing his sister.
A contemporary spin on the fairytale Hansel and Gretel, this is a very entertaining book! The regular chapters are interspersed with entries from the witch’s journal, so the reader gets a feel for the witch’s point of view. Readers who enjoyed this book should consider reading Dahl’s The Witches, Buckley’s The Sisters Grimm series, or Mull’s Fablehaven series.
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