Only a Witch Can Flyby Alison McGhee, Taeeun Yoo
Timeless, universal, and surprising, this magical and poetic Halloween tale is a gentle reminder that in order to reach for the stars, you must follow your heart.
The New York Times
“The effortless quiet of McGhee's words is beautifully matched by Yoo's pictures. …There's more than enough magic in these pages…for young readers and for their parents, who might otherwise give up on finding anything truly enchanting about Halloween.” The New York Times Book Review
“It's an enchanting book that makes a compelling point about the perseverance needed to follow your dreams. It's not hard to imagine such a potent message resonating with young readers this Halloween.” BookPage
“This sophisticated picture book is rich with imagination… More personal, quiet, and transcendent than most Halloween books, this is not a call to witchcraft, but rather to following one's heart.” Booklist
“Like its protagonist, this book soars.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This gentle, lyrical tale, written in the unusual poetic stanzas of a medieval sestina, recounts a young trick-or-treater's dogged attempts to make her dreams of flight come true. …This is a quieter, more reflective addition to Halloween collections that offers an enchanting storytime read-aloud.” School Library Journal
“Beneath the vintage spooky setting lies a subtle message about perseverance and individuality.” Publishers Weekly
“Written as a sestina, a poetry form that originated in the twelfth century, the words and pictures evoke the magic of Halloween and a little girl's longing to fly.…superb linoleum block prints with hints of another time fill each double-page spread.” Children's Literature
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Only a Witch Can Fly
By McGhee, Alison
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If you were a young witch, who had not yet flown,And the dark night sky held a round yellow moon and the moon shone her light on the silent broomand the dark cat beside you crooned, Soar, would you too begin to cry,because of your longing to fly? Only a witch can fly.
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Meet the Author
Alison McGhee is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and adults, including the New York Times–bestselling picture books Somebody, illustrated by Peter Reynolds, and A Very Brave Witch, illustrated by Harry Bliss, and the novel, Shadow Baby, a Pulitzer Prize–nominee and a Today Show pick. McGhee is a professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University and a founding member of Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Minnesota with her family.
Taeeun Yoo received the Founders Awardfor the most promising new talent of the yearfrom the Society of Illustrators for her debut picture book The Little Red Fish, about which Publishers Weekly in a starred review raved, "exhilarating visual images . . . shutting the book feels like awakening from a dream." She also illustrated stunning new covers for Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time quintet. Born and raised in Korea, Yoo came to New York City to study illustration at The School of Visual Arts, where she earned her MFA. She lives in New York City.
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