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Un Fiasco de Bruja

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  316 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
What can a little witch do when her witch spells and potions don't turn out right? She just keeps on trying...until it's time for bed.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Star Bright Books (first published January 1st 1965)
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She's got the slightly-crumpled pointy black hat, orange gloves, striped stockings, and a black cat named Fred, so why doesn't her magic work? Keep reading....

This is one of my favorite books to read to PreK and Kindergarten at Halloween. The more I read it, the more I love it.

I once bought a used copy at a library sale for 50 cents-- just because-- and when I opened it, it was signed by Lorna Balian. Score!
Kathy Pollock
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute book that I read during the month of October. I have made up some large cut outs so I can follow along with the story while the witch takes off her hat, and her shawl and, her black shoes, until eventually a little girl is revealed. It is a fun book with a surprise ending. It is great descriptive language in it and a lot of vocabulary that can be acted out. Me kids ask me to read this one over and over.
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a child and though I could remember bits and pieces I didn't know what it was called or any details that would help me find it again. The other day I was at the library with my little ones and there it was on display with the other Halloween books. I was so thrilled. I loved this book as a child and I was not disappointed when I read it again to my kids.
Absolutely adorable!
Topaz & Tourmaline
A-freakin-dorable! And with a surprise ending too? Rare in a children's book, in my very humble opinion. :) A very cute story - but I need to get another copy! Mine has a missing page! #TagSaleFind
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My very favorite Halloween book to read aloud (elementary and Middle School)!!!
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an ADORABLY CUTE picture book! It kept a smile on my face all the way to the very satisfying, surprising ending. A pity my daughter is already a teenager. I know she would have loved it and asked me to read it to her again and again if she were younger.

Our little witch has everything a horrible, witchy witch should have, from her pointed black hat to her long stringy hair to her ugly black shoes with gold buckles, and more. But the problem is, no matter how hard she tries, she can't get
Humbug Witch tries as hard as she can to ride her broom, turn her cat into an alligator, and make a magic potion. She just can't seem to do any of it right. What is wrong with this witch? Or is she really a witch at all? I think this would be a good book for storytelling rather than reading since the illustrations are so dated. It would probably make a good felt board story if you can find (or make) all the pieces of her outfit and a cat. I might have to consider that in the future if I get to d ...more
Marisa Slusarcyk
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this little book for Halloween. It is absolutely adorable and is written in simple English that allows the youngest of readers to truly enjoy. It is illustrated rather well. I enjoyed the minimal ‘chaos’ on the pages as I read it through. I realize this book has been around for quite some time, though I wasn’t able to find a definitive publication date. It reminded me of my own childhood and my love for reading and led me to wonder if I had read this book as a child. I think even the slig ...more
Valerie Jones
A simple and cute Halloween book for children

A silly little witch, with a big nose, a pointy black hat, and long red hair has a dilemma. None of the witchy things that a witch can normally do work for her. She cannot cackle, her broom refuses to fly, and no matter what spells she casts, none of her potions smoke, bubble, or explode. What is a witch to do when being a witch doesn’t work?

This Halloween book is simple and cute, filled with bright illustrations, perfect for toddlers.

Recommended for
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We just read this book tonight, gearing up for Halloween next week. My daughter loved the illustrations and cracked up during the potion making portion. The story was very sweet, even though the witch wasn't successful at being witchey, she never lost her temper or seemed disappointed. No spoilers here, but we were both surprised at the ending! Highly recommend this book for grown ups and young witches in training.
A cute, amusing story about a witch who is a humbug. Though she looks the part, none of her spells work. Why not? (You'll find out in the end--if you don't guess before hand.) It's a simple little story, but one that will probably please young readers (especially those who would like to be a witch and/or those who don't like scary witch stories). I love the illustrations and I've added an extra star for Fred, the very cute black cat--no humbug there ;-)
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: A republished version of a children's book from 1965, Humbug Witch is all about a very scary witch who just can't get her witch-y ways just quite right.

Review: Adorable. Since it is so close to Halloween and I love witches I requested to read this title and it made me giggle. The colors are super bright and fun, and there is a beautiful ending to this very short children's read that would make anyone smile.

Recommended for young readers and those who enjoy witches.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little simplistic, but ultimately a really cute story that shows kids not everything is as it seems on Halloween! I have fond memories of reading and acting out this book for the kindergarten classes my mom supervised for many years throughout my childhood and adolescence...I think we still have a Humbug Witch mask tucked away somewhere!
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This witch is small, except her nose...
she dresses up in all these clothes...
you can see that she is "truly a frightening-looking, horrible, witchey witch..."
when she tries to do magic...
nothing happens...

(You will need to read the book to find out the ending...too good to spoil :)
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarians, parents, teachers & witch fans
Recommended to June by: Peggy Flynn
A standard for my Halloween or Witch story time. One of the first flannel boards I copied. I read the picture book until she puts her broom in the corner, then I set down the book and uncover the flannel board and proceed to undress her. The kids always gasp when I take off her hair. 10/31/11

They didn't gasp when I took her hair off, but they did ask for it again.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it would be a book about a grumpy witch, instead I found a book with a delightful young witch who just can't make things go how she would like them to. Easy to read for an emerging reader, quick, too.
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All children
Shelves: favorites
I used to check this book out weekly from the library when I was a little girl. The surprise ending always delighted me. Balin uses a wonderful style of writing - even the font size and placement of the wording plays a part in the story. I own this book now and read it to my child often.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this as a child, and just saw it at the library and my son LOVED it! My mother didn't like me to have "witch" images in the house. . .so, of course, I read everything I could get my hands on with a witch! And I was really young.
I absolutely adore this book. One of the boys was worried it would be too scary, but the whole book was just so cute that he wanted to read it twice!

It's also a great way to teach kids that looks can be deceiving, everything can be silly, and that the word "humbug" is fantastically useful.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Humbug Witch by Lorna Ballian is a delightful Halloween picture book featuring a Witch who can't do anything right. It's sweet and silly and not scary at all making it a perfect read aloud for pre-school - first grade students around Halloween.

Review copy provided by Netgalley
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An adorable story about a not-so-witchy witch.
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kendall just found this book among my childhood things. I forgot how cute it is! I got it from Erin for my birthday but I don't know what year.
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is in our home library and one of my children's favorites. I admit I love it too.
Jenny Forgay
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites, great story about how much fun you can have dressing up. Good book to use for large group prop.
This book was on a list of best Halloween books. It is very vintage. I loved the ending. I want to buy it and add it to my collection!!!
Lisa Oehlschlaeger
I loved this book! It's one of my favorite children's book to read during Halloween. The illustrations are simple and perfect
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an adorable Halloween story... just darling. =) What an ending.
Carol Evans
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Too cute! There's a little witch whose spells and other witchy things just never work out right. Perfect Halloween read for young kids.
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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