GRANDPA WITCH AND THE MAGIC DOOBELATOR by Ethel & Leonard Kessler Kessler

GRANDPA WITCH AND THE MAGIC DOOBELATOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A little benevolent Halloween witchery, with Grandpa Witch teaching little witches Wanda and Willy a few tricks for their first Halloween on their own. Grandpa mixes up a few spells and gets cats by mistake when he already has enough of them, but he does teach Wanda and Willy to fly on their broomsticks and he duplicates his old hat and cape in his magic doobelator (it looks something like a washing machine) so that each grandchild can have a set. What's unexpected is Wanda and Willie falling into the doobelator and coming out in duplicate. Disarmingly, this is taken in stride, with both Wandas declaring ""I always wanted a sister"" and the Willies echoing with "". . . brother."" So off the two pairs fly on their broomsticks. No great shakes, but the ending takes it beyond the innocuous norm.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1982
Publisher: Macmillan