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Humbug Witch

by Lorna Balian

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Originally published in 1965 (my edition is a reprint from Abingdon Press, put out in 1985), Humbug Witch is a charming little vintage picture-book, following the trials and tribulations of a witch who just can't seem to do anything right. Although she looks the part, with her big nose, crooked teeth, and stringy red hair, and has the proper attire, from her tall black hat (slightly squashed) to her orange gloves, somehow her spells just don't seem to work! Whether she's trying to make her broom fly, or to turn her cat Fred into an alligator, everything she does is a big flop. Is she a failure - a humbug witch? Or is she something else altogether...?

Many readers will correctly guess the answer to this question, and the revelation waiting for them at the end of the tail, but others, especially the young children at whom Lorna Balian's tale is aimed, might very well be surprised! The story itself is engaging, and the artwork, which has a vintage 60s style, is fun and appealing. The Humbug Witch is rather gross looking (in an endearing way), making her eventual 'transformation' all the more satisfying! All in all, a sweet little witchy adventure, one I recommend to fans of the genre. I might check out this author's Humbug Potion, if I get a chance... ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 30, 2013 |
Background: A republished version of a children's book from 1965, Humbug Witch is all about a very scary witch who just can't get her witch-y ways just quite right.

Review: Adorable. Since it is so close to Halloween and I love witches I requested to read this title and it made me giggle. The colors are super bright and fun, and there is a beautiful ending to this very short children's read that would make anyone smile.

Recommended for young readers and those who enjoy witches. ( )
  sszkutak | Oct 10, 2012 |
Read at the library while mommy was working - S was interested in reading Halloween stories.
  kayceel | Nov 2, 2010 |
Good storytime, lots of opportunity for interaction, very silly. Description of witches costume, her attempts at magic and then failures, in the end just a little girl in a mask, super cute. ( )
  dangerlibearian | Oct 25, 2010 |
Merideth says: This is one of my favorite Halloween books. It's funny, and not scary and reinforces the message that witches aren't real. ( )
  YouthGPL | Nov 2, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159572009X, Paperback)

There once was a little witch who was a "frightening-looking, horrible, witchey, WITCH!" She was everything a witch should be, but she just couldn't get her spells and potions to turn out right. What is wrong with the little witch?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:27 -0400)

Magic potions and words do not work for the humbug witch who finally removes her mask.

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