THE LITTLE WITCH AND THE RIDDLE by Bruce Degen

THE LITTLE WITCH AND THE RIDDLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Neither a black nor a white witch (she's too self-centered for the latter role), little Lily is dressed in lilac and the tone of the story could be described as pale pink. Lily lives in a picturesque cottage with bats on the mantelpiece, her ogre friend Otto is a dear little thing with horns, and the fiddle that will help them unlock a new magic book hinges on ""what everyone needs""--a true friend. The ending is in line with all this gingerbread witchcraft, with Lily and Otto using the spells from the unlocked book to play transformation games and caper about on Lily's broom. Meanwhile those with a tolerance for cute little witches will find Lily's expressions animated (if hokey) and Otto's solution to the riddles' parts just clever enough for easy-reader appreciation.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1980
Publisher: Harper & Row