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WITCH BABY AND ME by Debi Gliori


From the Witch Baby series, volume 1

by Debi Gliori & illustrated by Debi Gliori

Age Range: 8 - 11

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-55255-676-7
Publisher: Corgi Children’s Books/Trafalgar

The author of the Pure Dead books applies the same ebullient and wacky sense of humor to a new series for younger readers. Lily’s new little sister, Daisy, is a witch. Lily knows this, because she can see when Daisy transforms herself into a dragonlet or Lily into a slug, and readers know it, because they have seen the Sisters of Hiss (Chin, Nose and poor Toad) make her so. But no one listens to Lily, and no one can see what Daisy does except Lily, so the gross, silly and extremely funny happenings remain a secret only readers share. Lily and Daisy’s befuddled parents, their older brother Jack (never seen without his earbuds) and a neighbor to their new home in the very North of Scotland whose parents named her Vivaldi also play parts, as does WayWoof, an odoriferous dog conjured often by Daisy, smelled by many but seen by very few. Gliori’s spot illustrations are spot-on, and various typefaces and footnotes are used to giggly effect. A second volume, Witch Baby and Me After Dark (ISBN: 978-0-55255-678-1), is also available, with more to come. (Magical adventure. 8-11)