What goes around comes around for one witch who loves to make trouble—i.e., make people miserable.
Brunhilda, a pale-skinned, warty witch, has a routine: get out of bed on the wrong side, put on her ugliest dress, eat spider mush, and brush her three snaggled teeth with candy. Then it’s off to use her favorite spell to rain on picnics, cause pimples to appear, or wilt a bouquet of flowers. That is, until the cat decides to make trouble of its own in revenge for some of the nasty tricks and treatment it’s been the brunt of. The next morning goes decidedly differently for Brunhilda, and her favorite spell has the exact opposite effect as the one she was going for: instead of falling, a white boy’s ice cream cone quadruples, and a racially diverse trio of children fly on their bikes rather than crash. Finally succeeding in making a playground disappear, she realizes it’s not as satisfying as the high-five and cheering she got for doing nice things, albeit unintentionally. She and the cat cook up some fun that night, and though things appear to be back to normal for Brunhilda, some changes are permanent. Tenney’s vignette, single-page, and double-page illustrations play up the emotions of the characters. Especially masterful is the spread of the cat in its mad-scientist, green-glowing glory.
A tale about doing nice things for others that goes down easily. (Picture book. 4-7)