Although Varga's flat backgrounds in comic-book color are uninteresting and her bustled and top-hatted townspeople have...

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ONCE-A-YEAR WITCH

Although Varga's flat backgrounds in comic-book color are uninteresting and her bustled and top-hatted townspeople have neither the folk quality that goes with real witches nor the contemporary flavor that might inspire recognition, it looks at first as if she is at least going to give us a properly frightening witch. But no; after Booboolina has appeared each Friday for months to snatch up and carry off another child (presumably for the soup pot), it turns out that the girls are all safe and happy in her hilltop home, where she has been giving them witchcraft lessons and adoring smiles. Though the girls don't want to go home with their fathers, an agreement is reached whereby they do return but reunite with Booboolina every Halloween, when they all go around trick-or-treating dressed as witches. This is perhaps aimed at parents who feel more comfortable denying evil than dealing with it; kids will choose the challenge of escaping Baba Yaga every time.

Pub Date: March 14, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Morrow

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973