GETTING RID OF AUNT EDNA by Frieda Hughes

GETTING RID OF AUNT EDNA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A hilarious story about an incompetent witch getting into mischief which her long-suffering relatives try to right, by a new British author. Miranda and her aunt Agatha have suffered an invasion by Aunt Edna, who is causing havoc in their home by adding a four-poster to the kitchen and a ski lift to the hall; she has also roasted Percy the hen, with feathers. And so it goes, with each comic addition perfectly based in the absurd logic of the situation and an array of zany yet lovable characters. Aunt Edna becomes a donkey when one of her own spells ricochets off a mirror, and is ultimately taken elsewhere in that guise. Told with the devastatingly straight-faced humor that has served Cresswell's Bagthorpe series so well this is brief and lively enough to attract a wide audience. Although there's not much to the underlying plot, the reader, chuckling over all the funny details, isn't apt to notice.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1986
Page count: 74pp
Publisher: Harper & Row