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A VERY BRAVE WITCH by Alison McGhee

A VERY BRAVE WITCH

By Alison McGhee (Author) , Harry Bliss (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-689-86730-1
Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster

Witches really do exist, and they live in haunted houses. But most witches have a secret: They are afraid of humans, who, shockingly, do not have green skin. This young witch is very brave, however, and she’s done her research, so on Halloween night, to the chagrin of her elders, she sets off to meet a real human and find out if all she has read is true. (According to her book, humans do not wear pointy hats, they don’t cackle regularly and they are afraid to fly.) A misheard phrase (“Trick a tree?”) and a subsequent tumble from her broom produce a chance meeting with a girl dressed up as a witch, and the two share an unforgettable night during which at least one myth about humans is definitively debunked. This gently humorous story is teamed with appealing, warm, yet appropriately spooky watercolors that depict the very brave witch on what is, naturally, her favorite holiday. (Picture book. 3-6)