Once Upon a Witch’s Broom

Frances Lincoln. (Once Upon...). Aug. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780711288270.
K-Gr 3–Moira and Lilly are best friends destined to become witches. But when Moira’s potions fall flat and her sparkle fails to shine, she begins to wonder if she is good enough to be a witch like Lilly and all of her other friends. She eagerly anticipates receiving a Relic, a present that enhances one’s powers. When Moira unwraps a broom, she’s left behind as her friends celebrate their new storm-making, rainbow-painting powers. Can a simple broom transform Moira into a successful witch, or will she have to believe in herself to transform the broom into a flying phenomenon? With a lovely message that, “Nothing needs to be perfect. I only have to be myself,” readers will be transported into a magical, sensory-rich world thanks to Blue’s sweet, slightly softened illustrations.
VERDICT Younger readers may struggle with some of the powerful vocabulary, such as “precious,” “glimmered,” and “illustrations,” but all readers will delight in searching through the richly illustrated details on every page.

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