Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Toddlers, Tots and Teens: Tots
(originally written in German)
Written by Otfried Preußler
1957, 124 Pages
Genre: children's, fantasy, classic
Little witch is only one hundred and twenty-seven years old and still too young to attend the annual Walpurgis Night party. No matter how much she practices her witchcraft exercises she is unable to get her spells just right. Despite Raven's warning she sneaks in the Walpurgis Night party despite her young age and experience. When her mean old aunt spots her she announces her presence to everyone so that the Head witch has to punish her. She has a year (next Walpurgis Night) to be a good witch. We follow Little witch go through the seasons trying to make right.
I really enjoyed this cute story about a witch trying to be a good witch but realizes her definition may not be the same as everyone else's. This is a story I would have devoured as a child as I had an obsession with the supernatural even then. Witches were always my favourite and my poor mom had to come up with a different costume each Halloween (because there are only a hundred different kinds of witches - at least!). I would rate this story for about 7 or 8 years old and above - depending on the child. It is not an overly scary story but think of Roald Dahl's The Witches (a favourite of mine).
k (My Novelesque Life)