Lily is 9. Her sister Daisy is 1. And she's no ordinary baby. Somehow, when she was born, something went rather wrong... and now Daisy is a Witch Baby. Nobody knows this but Lily - she's the only one who can see when Daisy makes the fridge float in the air, or turns people into slugs, or summons up her very stinky dog Waywoof...
..... Amazon book description.
FIRST SENTENCE (Winding Up The Witch): In the hall, a clock chimed five times, paused, and then chimed fifteen times more.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 6 ): ..... 'Soon it will be Halloween,' she said. 'One of the biggest days in the witchy year. The night when every human child for milles around thinks that all they have to do is slip into a black plastic bin-bag, paint their faces green, hurl talcum powder into their hair and - hey presto - they're witches.'
MY THOUGHTS: The third book in the 'Witch Baby' series. Recommended on some sites as being suitable for children aged three plus I would personally think this more suitable for those aged 8 (possibly 7) onwards.
To tell you a little more about the book .... It's Halloween and whilst this means the 'Sisters of Hiss' mustn't do anything to make people suspect that they are witches, Lily, Daisy and friends are dressed, ready to go trick-or-treating, when disaster strikes as Waywoof, Daisy's magical, invisible, and incredibly smelly, goes missing.
Worthy of the odd giggle every now and then, sadly I just didn't find the exploits of Witch Baby and co as amusing as I thought I would. Arguably not anything to do with the writing itself, it's just that there are those children's books where the humour is funny no matter what the age then there are books such as this where the humour really is more child focused and thus I believe you have to be either a child reading it OR an adult reading it to a child in order to truly appreciate it.
Not too keen on foot notes in adult literature, I tend to find them very distracting, I'm loathe to say that I found them inappropriate in what after all is a child's book but will say that I did think they spoilt the flow of the narrative and can't imagine they added anything to the reading of the book to a child.
The one thing I did love about the book? The pen and ink illustrations that were sometimes nothing more than a silhouette - brilliantly done and very funny, full credit to Debi Gliori who I believe penned the drawings as well as wrote the book.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Ex-library stock, I won't be keeping this one.