A young witch thinks Valentine's Day is way too mushy until she meets a boy who knocks her right off her broom in this hilarious and adorable companion to Arthur Howard's Hoodwinked.
Mitzi the witch and her kitten Hoodwink love all of the holidays except one: Valentine's Day. It's lovely-dovey, and witches only like things that are creepy-crawly. Then Mitzi meets Spencer. Spencer can wiggle his ears! He plays on the monkey bars upside down! And when he shoots milk out of his nose, Mitzi can't look away. For the first time, she wants to make a valentine for a special someone. But what message will spell success and get her a valentine in return?
Mitzi, a freckled, red-haired child witch sporting indigo and violet garb, loves every holiday except Valentine's Day. Then she meets wild-haired Spencer, a schoolmate with age-appropriately appealing traits ("Spencer could spurt milk out of his nose. Spencer could wiggle his ears"). Smitten, Mitzi decides to try to win Spencer over by writing him a valentine. "Lizards like to slither./ Black cats like to doze./ I'd like to see you/ with a spider up your nose," she scribbles, promptly delivering the paper heart to his doorstep by broomstick. But when Spencer doesn't reply the next day, Mitzi despairs, despite her family's proffered support. Hoodwink, Mitzi's orange kitten, may be the only one who can save the day--at least, until an unexpected missive appears. Young readers will appreciate the boldly colored mixed media artwork and witchy vibes in this seasonal companion to Howard's Hoodwinked. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.