Every good witch needs a good black cat — and one little girl loves being her Mom’s favorite black cat. And she is quite certain that her mother is a witch. After all, she has secret potions in the bathroom that the little girl is never allowed to touch, and her Mom excels at making hissing, bubbling potions in the kitchen. And then there’s the weekly get together with other women — er, witches — where they cackle and exchange spell books ….
I absolutely love this book! It is adorable. Completely adorable, and sweet, and wonderful.
The unnamed main character is a great narrator: she sees the world as a magical, mysterious, but still friendly place. She has a loving, supportive relationship with her single mother. And it is obvious how much the mother adores her little girl. Plus, the end …! I won’t give it away, but it suited the story perfectly.
Then there’s the artwork. Think hand-crafted, multi-media diorama. Muncaster painstakingly created paper cut-outs of each character and placed them in three-dimensional miniature sets. The details are so rich that I spent a loooong time pouring over each page, savoring the nuances of the artwork.
There are not many books that I think should be in every Pagan’s library. This is one of them. Highly recommended to fans of Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke, The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, and Earth Mother by Ellen Jackson and Leo and Diane Dillon.
[Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of EHS.]