Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian is a charming Halloween read for young kids. The little witch is perfect. She has her “slightly squashed, tall, black, pointed hat,” her witchy shoes, long stringy hair and a sturdy broomstick. Her only problem is her spells never, ever work. Finally she gives up and goes to bed, but the ending is a cute suprise. She’s just a little girl pretending to be a scary witch.
Originally published in 1965, this picture book has a timelessness I appreciate. The vocabulary is simple and I like how it goes through the simple sequence of getting dressed up and taking the costume off. The illustrations are cute and whimsical and full of Halloween colors. It’s one I could see myself reading over and over in October if Amber was still little. Humbug Witch is a perfect seasonal read-aloud for preschoolers through early elementary.
4 out of 5 stars
Category: Picture book- Halloween
First published 1965
Book Source: For review