Carnival of Children's Literature: Halloween Edition

Halloween Reading

Happy Halloween! The book of the day is Space Witch, by Don Freeman, the author of Corduroy. Tilly Ipswitch, Queen of Halloween, wants to spend the holiday frightening creatures on other planets with her pet cat, Kit. Together they concoct a "material as fantastic as plastic" to create a Zoom Broom for interplanetary adventures. They don't plan on getting, uh-oh, lost. First published in 1959, Space Witch came to us via a book sale, and you can see how the Mercury space program must have been an inspiration. The story is pretty silly (Kit thinks the Milky Way is for drinking), but Tilly's slightly mean-spirited hijinks (stuffing a reluctant Kit into the Zoom Broom, for example) never fail to entertain here at our house.


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