Jerome and the Witchcraft Kids

Jerome and the Witchcraft Kids

by Eileen Christelow

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K-Gr 2 Jerome Alligator, his ego inflated by his success as a babysitter in Jerome the Babysitter (Clarion, 1985), annoys his sister Winifred and her friend Lulu by spending his time on self-advertisement while they prepare for Halloween. The promise of another job lures him to a deserted house where he agrees to watch Mrs. Witchcraft's children, Lucy and Lucifer. The sight of a large ghost in the bathtub unnerves him, and, urged on by Lucy and Lucifer (really Winifred and Lulu), he rushes to the basement, where he realizes that he has been tricked. He enters the front door dressed as a ghost and frightens them. The conclusion finds all of the alligators speeding away from mysterious and unexplained sounds in the house. Christelow's brilliant green alligators are energetic and funny, while the brightly-colored tropical setting is cheerful rather than sinister. The story itself seems less original than Jerome the Babysitter (eyeballs, worms, and blood being the usual fare for Halloween tricks), but the slapstick humor and Halloween setting should ensure popularity with both readers and listeners and please those already acquainted with Jerome. Jean H. Zimmerman, Willett School, South River, N.J.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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4 - 8 Years

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