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Clever Little Witch: 06/01/20

Clever Little Witch

Clever Little Witch by Mượn Thị Văn and Hyewon Yum is a picture book about a big sister annoyed by her little brother. Both happen to be witches. Linh decides it's time to put a stop her brother getting into her magical stuff.

Linh and her brother (and presumably their family) live on tropical Mãi Mãi. Linh has the reputation of being the most clever on the entire island.

Most of the book is a back and forth of Linh using magic on her brother and he making the most of it. At long last she transforms him into something that seems permanent. It's only then that she begins to regret her actions.

As a big sister I can relate to Linh's frustrations but there are unanswered questions. Why aren't the parents or other adults intervening in the brother's antics? Why does it take Linh so long to realize that her methods might be too extreme?

The illustrations meanwhile are bright and colorful. It's a very different approach to the usual Halloween themed colors and motifs that most witch picture book use.

Four stars

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