Nicky and his mother buy an old New England house to remodel as a quaint country tearoom. Much to their surprise, they find a witch living in the chimney, and agree to let her stay in the attic. Grumpy and grouchy, the witch nevertheless conjures up some delicious blueberry pancakes for the tearoom guests. She even fills in as a waitress and becomes the tearoom's main attraction. Everything's running smoothly until late one night when two thieves break in to steal the tearoom profits. The quick-thinking witch turns the thieves into toads and pops them into a cage, which she hangs in her room. Everyone lives happily ever after--except the thieves. The story seems to have all the right ingredients, but the end result is not completely successful. The characters fall just short of being appealing, the humor is slightly flat, the plot is somewhat contrived, and even the illustrations aren't especially noteworthy. Larger public and school libraries may want this mildly entertaining book, but smaller libraries can probably pass it up.