HATTIE, TOM, AND THE CHICKEN WITCH by Dick Gackenbach

HATTIE, TOM, AND THE CHICKEN WITCH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The stars of Hattie Rabbit (1976) and Mrs. Rabbit's Son Tom (1977) get together in an Easter play, though Hattie gets the part of storyteller only after her chicken friend Linda falls off her skateboard and hurts her ankle. The play-within-a-story concerns the plight of three hens who haven't any eggs for Easter baskets because greedy Captain Dan the Fried-Egg Man (played by a pig) takes all they can lay. The solution, as suggested by witch Chicken Licken whom they summon with a chant, is to paint the eggs so that Dan's egg collectors won't recognize them. It works, and Dan becomes the Fried-Potato Man. And Hattie, who had previously resented the fact that there were no rabbits in the play, now acknowledges to Linda that ""the chicken is just as important to Easter as the rabbit."" Perhaps more important than Hattie's conversion are Gackenbach's comical pictures--the hens old biddies in bonnets and Chicken Licken a buxom old bird displaying a large W on her undershirt top. Like its predecessors, marginally rewarding.

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