Speeding to the eight o'clock Witches' Wobble, "A Grand Buffet (with skunk filet!)," Witch Mildred kindly picks up six hitchhikers. Her passengers include a hungry skeleton, a chilly mummy and a black cat who strains the broom's limits. When the riders finally arrive, the "pickleworm pat " and "spiderweb souffl " are long gone, but their friendship perseveres as they trick-or-treat for sustenance instead. Spurr's (Farm Life) rhyming tale recalls the cozier Room on the Broom, while Long (Oh Yeah!) contributes goofy, good-natured characters like a jack-o'-lantern whose expression changes depending on the mood. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Witch Mildred takes young readers on a wacky Halloween Sky Ride. En route to the annual Witches' Wobble, she picks up a few spooky buddies—skeleton, jack-o'-lantern, black cat—only to have her broomstick break under the extra weight. No matter, the crew hikes to the party, only to discover the delectables (pickleworm pate, spiderweb souffle) have been gobbled by greedy goblins. In a charming plot twist, the pals crash a children's party, receive high praise for their "costumes" and dine on candy corn and punch before Mildred borrows a mop and ferries them home. Author Elizabeth Spurr's rhyming story is fresh and funny, and illustrator Ethan Long's expressive characters and flat washes of color give a friendly cast to the spooky ensemble. A treat for the preschool set! 2005, Holiday House, Ages 3 to 7.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Witch Mildred is speeding along on her broomstick toward a Halloween feast when a skeleton pleads with her to take him along, so she makes room for him and others she meets along the way. Soon Mildred and her overloaded broomstick are stopped once again, this time by a black cat. "`Please take me./I need some company,/for when I cross their pathways,/people run from me!'" The six creatures squeeze together to make room for the cat, but it's more than the broomstick can handle. It breaks and the friends find themselves tumbling to the ground outside the house where the Witches' Wobble is taking place. Unfortunately all the food has been eaten so the friends head out to search for another bash. They are welcomed at a children's party and find a sturdy mop that holds them all when they leave for home. The rhyming text moves along quickly, although a few of the rhymes seem forced and uneven. The brightly colored creatures are more silly than scary with their large eyes and impish grins. Purchase where additional holiday fare is needed.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.