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Poor Druscilla. Her sore, ancient knees are so creaky and loud that she cant sneak up on anyone to play witchy tricks on Halloween. She and her faithful cat, Drizzle, try to find a way for her to sneak quietly riding her donkey, enchanting her wheelbarrow, making wingsall fail miserably. But when she picks up a broom to sweep up the scattered feathers, she has an idea that ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Carolrhoda Books
(first published January 1st 2009)
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I absolutely love this book and I think it helps because I absolutely love Halloween. This book is fun and makes children think. This book talks about how the witch discover riding on a broom and why she does ride on a broom. The whole story is an adventure with the witch talking about her Halloween night and how she plans for it to be spooky and scary. The only problem was that her knees crackle so everyone hears her before she can even scare anyone. I love the story line and think its a creati ...more
Druscilla’s sore, ancient knees crack, creak, pop and keep her from sneaking and spooking like all the younger witches on Halloween. Her struggles lead to an evocative (excellent descriptive verbs!) imagining of why witches fly on broomsticks. Cute, with perfectly gloomy illustrations.
Oct 20, 2010 Meredith rated it 2 of 5 stars
Druscilla's Halloween answers the age old question "Why do witches in western folklore and pop culture ride on broomsticks?" It's not because brooms were used in pagan, harvest time, fertility rites or because broomsticks were everyday household items with which Puritan women in league with the Devil could get into mischief. It's because one "a million spells ago" witches had to tiptoe up to people to scare and bewitch them, and poor Druscilla always got left out of the fun because her creaky kn ...more
I thought this was a cute and clever story that tells why/how witches began riding brooms. I liked the illustrations and I loved that while Druscilla's plans to go and scare the kids just the perfect amount on Halloween didn't work out the way she planned, she didn't give up. When her plan failed, she came up with a new plan... several times. Great way to talk about determination, not quitting, etc. Plus, I laughed out loud at the line. ..."Don't count me out. I have not yet begun to fright!" :) ...more
This book was just plain mean. Druscilla, a witch with arthritis, can't play with the other witches because her knees make too much noise. For most of the book, we watch Druscilla fail again and again as she tries to participate. She finally finds a device to help her, but the ending seemed tacked on and abrupt. If you are looking for a good book to teach children how to make fun of the disabled, look no further. White's art is fun and interesting at times, though.
Exquisite illustrations to accompany a clever and entertaining book about the history of witches riding broomsticks! I, personally, thought it was hilarious that the author attributed the broom usage to the noisy and crackly knees of the main character - I can certainly relate!
Sally M. Walker has written science books for children, including Earthquakes, an NSTA/CBC Best Science Trade Book of 1997. She lives in DeKalb, IL.More about Sally M. Walker...