Gritch the Witch is hungry and her batscotti andeek! Spresso
snack isn`t quite doing the trick. She wants a more filling, furry
snack. She wants bunny. On her way to the Farmer in the Dell`s
rabbit-ridden place, she and her broomstick experience a crash
landing, shortly after her old broom stalls in midair: " It spit.
Sputtered. Coughed. Chugged. Choked. And then it gave out a long
gasping, gurgly gurgle, did one loop-d-loop, and tailspinned toward
ground zero. " Desperate for a new vehicle, she ends up at Foxy`s,
a used-vehicle lot marked by signs such as " Foxy`s: We`ll take you
for a ride. " Foxy tries to sell her a magic carpet from " A Lad in
the East," then he attempts to unload Cinderella`s pumpkin coach: "
Very low mileage. Used only once. Runs like a charm. " The fox`s
cheesy sales tactics don`t go over very well: " Save the spiel, cut
the chit-chat, and can the flim-flam, Foxy! " She shouts. Her fury
only escalates when she asks, " Which one is the one I want? "
--Catapulting them into an infuriating " Who`s on first" -style
repartee over " Witch 1," the name of a certain model of broom.
Zoom Broom, Margie Palatini`s over-the-top sequel to the immensely
popular Piggie Pie, is as smart-alecky and fast-paced as they come,
and Howard Fine`s colorful, action-packed, almost grotesquely
intense illustrations are perfect for this wild and witchy ride.
(Ages 4 to 9) --Karin Snelson