Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Only a Witch Can Fly

Only a Witch Can Fly

Alison McGhee
Illustrator:  Taeeun Yoo 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Feiwel & Friends, 2009   ISBN: 978-0312375034

More than anything a young girl wants to fly. It is not enough to dress up as a witch on Halloween. She wants to be the real thing. So, one night when the moon is full and round, she creeps out of the house carrying a broom. She jumps off the front porch, trying to fly, and with her little brother and the black cat watching her, she falls down, landing on a carved pumpkin.

The little girl is ready to give up and she sits on the porch step looking despondent. However her little brother is not ready to set that broom aside. He brings it to his sister, who gets astride it once more. With the black cat sitting behind her, she turns toward the moon and she counts.

It is not easy to have faith when something that you want to do more than anything remains elusive and out of reach. With a magical and musical text and gorgeous linoleum block print illustrations rendered in four colors, this picture book beautifully shows young readers that it takes faith, courage, and persistence to make your dreams come true.