Could a witch really live next door?
In this graphic-novel adaptation of the series spinoff, 6-year-old Karen Brewer (stepsister to Baby-Sitters Club founder Kristy Thomas), has only three house rules when staying at her dad’s: don’t leave the TV on, keep closet doors shut, and (most importantly) no spying on the neighbors. Fanciful Karen cannot help but break the last one, convinced that her gray-haired, black cat–owning neighbor is only masquerading as being the kindly old Mrs. Porter and is actually a broom-riding witch named Morbidda Destiny. Soon, witches are all Karen can think about. After she convinces BFF Hannie Papadakis of Mrs. Porter’s witchery, the two concoct a spell to cast Morbidda out of the neighborhood and protect their families. Karen’s plan goes predictably awry, but her imagination, determination, and, ultimately, remorse should resonate with young readers. Adapted from the novels aimed at early-reader graduates, this charming graphic reworking should appeal to a similar audience with its adorably styled characters with rounded features and a palette of lively, bright colors. For those unfamiliar with either the 1980s novels or their new counterparts, this is a great jumping-in point for younger readers or catnip for those wishing to soak up more time in Stoneybrook. Karen and her family present white; Hannie has olive skin and dark hair.
Sure to bewitch fans new and old. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)