A Coop, Some Goop, and a Sandwich (The Weird Sisters #3)

by Mark David Smith (Author)

A Coop, Some Goop, and a Sandwich (The Weird Sisters #3)

Three sleuthing sisters become aware of how their spells affect others in book three of this hilarious magical mystery series

It's autumn, and Covenly residents are gathering at the annual fall fair. The three Weird Sisters--Hildegurp, Glubbifer, and Yuckmina--are running a Flying Broom ride for the town's kids and nine-year-old Jessica Nibley is overseeing the petting zoo nearby.

Suddenly, a prized show chicken goes missing and there's a new mystery to solve. Suspecting fowl play, the four friends team up to find the hapless hen in a madcap hunt that involves an enchanted roller coaster, a frog in a top hat, and a sticky trail of goo. As they sleuth, the sisters also discover some unfortunate and unintended consequences of their magic, bringing about a gentle lesson in apologizing.

The third book in this whimsical chapter book mystery series is full of clever wordplay, humorous misunderstandings, and dynamic illustrations. With hints and phrases from Hamlet, readers are reminded that actions have consequences that can't always be undone.

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Kirkus Reviews

A playful addition to an entertaining and punny series.

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--The people of Covenly have gathered for the annual Fall Fair, an event that will be attended this year by the small town's newest residents: sister-witches Yuckmina, Hildeglurp, and Glubbifer. The unusual trio has yet to find universal acceptance in Covenly but they have discovered a kindred, steadying spirit in young Jessica Nibley, who recognizes that the sisters occasionally require "guidance in using their magic appropriately." It is Jessica who accompanies her new friends in their search for a missing frog, cat, and a chicken named Ruth Bader Ginsbuck. The book's copious wordplay is a sly way to familiarize readers with homonyms. While the occasional Shakespeare allusion (beginning with the title, a reference to Macbeth's witches) won't mean much to the target audience, they might elicit a chuckle from adults using this for a read-aloud. Rust's big, lively black-and-white illustrations are casually diverse (a police officer wearing a hijab, the town's mayor using a wheelchair) and help signal that this chapter book is still accessible to readers just beginning their transition to more complex fare. There is more action than mystery here, with each short chapter moving briskly toward a happy ending. This is the third installment in the series, but one need not have been a fan of the first two books to appreciate this autumnal romp. VERDICT A witchy series book that can easily be enjoyed as a standalone.--Kate Newcombe

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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2024
Weird Sisters Detective Agency
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV028000 - Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Library of Congress categories
Lost and found possessions
Lost articles
Detective and mystery fiction
Humorous fiction

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