When Trixie comes to visit, Lizzy, the Little Witch, decides to conjure up a magic carpet for them.
Carpet, oh, carpet,
Fly away with us!”
she chants, and PRESTO! they’re up and away on an all-night adventure!
Fly with Lizzy and Trixie as they visit the Caravan Witch, the Boat Witch, and, most fantastic of all, the Balloon Witch.
"Lizzy is a curious little witch, so when she is out flying one night, she can’t resist peeking through the open window of a peculiar little house. Into the attic she tumbles, breaking her broom. She follows the sounds of music downstairs, where she finds the Music Witch. “I can't fix broomsticks, I'm afraid,” says the Music Witch, so Lizzy follows her nose into the next room, where she finds the Kitchen Witch. This repetitive story is enlivened by three-quarter page-flaps readers can turn to advance the story and see two views of each remarkable room. It will surprise no one but satisfy all when Lizzy finds the Tinkering Witch in the basement and is finally able to leave “on her brand-new, rocket-powered broomstick.” A sweet import, ideal for budding architects."
In a follow-up to The Curious Little Witch (2010), Lizzy, the titular Little Witch, continues her adventures with a new young friend, Trixie.
Inspired by a fairy-tale book, Trixie wants Lizzy to make her a Witch Princess and conjure up a flying magic carpet. Lizzy works her magic, and they are off. The softly hued illustrations lend sweet child appeal, but Baetan's text rambles somewhat. As with the earlier book, partial page turns provide changing views, here of the pair's journey and various fantastical modes of transportation. A touch of hunger leads them to meet the Caravan Witch, whose well-intentioned performance for them goes awry. Off they fly until Trixie "needs to pee," and they encounter the Boat Witch. She has "an especially pretty potty for a Witch Princess," but a frog surprises Trixie, and she slips overboard. Once dry, the duo takes to the air again only to realize they may be lost. From up above comes the welcome voice of the Balloon Witch, who is appropriately revealed in a vertical fold-out accommodating the fantastical aerial transport. Balloon Witch is honored to help them get back to their humble home "just in time, right before the sun rose"—which is, of course, "bedtime for little witches."
Fans of the first book will cheer the return of its winsome protagonist, but they will miss its architectural unity; ultimately, there is little here to make it rise above the witchy multitude. (Picture book. 4-8)
- NorthSouth Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Lieve Baeten was born in Belgium in 1954. She gained international acclaim and numerous awards for books about the Little Witch. She died tragically in a car accident in 2001.
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