The Pomegranate Witch by Denise Doyen
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published: August 1st, 2017
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Halloween, Witches, Poetry
Each year, local kids scheme to pick ripe pomegranates off a haunted tree and are thwarted by The Pomegranate Witch in a friendly challenge of wits. However, on Halloween, while the witch is away, a Kindly Lady has a surprise for every child.
I could not suggest a better picture book to read on Halloween night with your children. I mean I probably could, but right now I can’t think of another book more atmospheric than this one.
It’s not at all scary, horrific or even spooky. But a Halloween story that contains an evil witch who hates children is bound to put you in the mood for trick-or-treating. It’s a classic.
Now we’re months away from October, but I needed something different to take my mind away from all the contemporary art I have to study for my exams, and this succeeded in doing that.
I admit, I have a thing for underdogs. They remind me that anyone can win at life, if they put the efforts necessary, and these children sure don’t know the verb ‘‘to give up’’. At the same time, I didn’t feel as though the witch really wanted to hurt them badly so I didn’t quite dislike that character either.
Actually, there are five kids in this story, and yet, it doesn’t feel that way. They form a strong group, and I mostly thought of them as a unit, not distinct individuals. That’s because their personalities do not come off the page. The way I see it, they are all alike and nothing differentiates them.
The narration is lovely. The text rhymes, and not only that: it reads like a song to be sang out loud instead of read in one’s mind. I especially enjoyed the parts where the author repeated words, so as to emphasize the writing’s melodic quality.
An entertaining story. Don’t forget about it when Halloween shows its mask again! (Alright so I was trying to be clever by replacing ‘‘face’’ with ‘‘mask’’. Ugh fail.)
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