Witch's Wishes

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Children's Literature
Magic intersects with the hilariously humdrum in this tale of a no-nonsense witch who, heading off to do some last-minute shopping at the ordinary neighborhood grocery store for refreshments to bring to the Ghastly Gala A-go-go ("with a 60s theme of course"), almost collides with the Channel 12 air traffic report helicopter and ends up trapped in the supermarket dumpster, where she's assisted by a little trick-or-treater dressed as a fairy princess. To thank Sarah for her kindness in sharing one of her glow-in-the dark Prom Night Barbie Band-Aids, the witch casts a careless spell that makes the girl's toy wand "a real magic wand—just for tonight." And so the deliciously predictable disaster begins to unfold, as Sarah has granted such typically childlike wishes as "I wish everyone had a dog," "I wish every day was Halloween," "I wish every day was Christmas," and "I wish people thought I was smart." Matters only get worse when the witch casts a reversal spell, making the opposite of each of Sarah's wishes come true. Things work out best, it turns out, when we muddle our way through life without any working magic wand at all. Throughout, the witch and her wisecracking broom keep up a chorus of consistently comic banter. Witch: "You can be replaced by a vacuum cleaner, you know." Broom: "You'd need a very long extension cord." One could not wish for a more cleverly constructed and satisfying story than this one. 2003, Holiday House, Ages 7 to 10.
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This funny, exciting Halloween romp will entertain readers long after the holiday has passed. On her way to the All Hallows' Eve Ghastly Gala A-go-go, a scatterbrained old witch avoids a collision with the Channel 12 air traffic report helicopter. Trick-or-treater Sarah, six, sees her fall from the sky and gives her a Band-Aid. The witch repays the kindness by turning the child's fairy-princess-costume wand into a magical one that grants wishes. At first, these wishes are harmless enough, but then her desires begin to wreak havoc, as when she wishes that everyone had a dog. To remedy the problem, the witch tries a reversal spell that brings even more disasters. Silhouette illustrations decorate the opening pages of chapters. This beginning chapter book is for a much younger set than Vande Velde's usual audience, but the author maintains the wry wit and entertaining fantasy for which she is known. Readers will be kept on the edge of their broomsticks wondering how Sarah's life will ever be put back to normal.-Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Wishes are tricky things for an aging witch and a little girl. When the witch casts a spell that makes all of Sarah's Halloween-night wishes come true, things do not turn out like anyone expects. "Be careful what you wish for" is the basis for many stories, but, in this case, Sarah doesn't even know she possesses this power. Her casual wishes are strictly the stuff of a kindergartner-a brother who is nice, a puppy for everyone, another bathroom, and Christmas every day. When puppies show up everywhere, and her brother turns into a Stepford sibling, Sarah begins to wonder if she has some special power. The old witch figures out her mistake and has to go back in time, twice, to put things right. Young readers will enjoy predicting the outcome of each wish and will cheer at the eventual resolution. Mundane clip-art chapter headings are a drab accompaniment for this lighthearted story for new readers-frequent illustrations would have been a better choice. Still it will fulfill a lot of wishes. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823417896
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    Teach kids not to take the easy way out - same for adults.

    In return for a kind gesture on Halloween a witch rewards a trick-or-treater by making her wand real and able to grant wishes but what would a little girl wish for? It seems like a good book to read to kids to show them to take responsibilty and not to try to take an easy way out because often shortcuts can backfire.

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