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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Plinky Witch and the Grand Halloween Scheme by Liz Cooper is a children's illustrated book about Halloween, candy, more candy, and uh … too much candy. You know the saying that too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing? That, in a nutshell, is the lesson of this heartwarming, funny, and charming tale about an idea that sounds good at first, but after a while, the novelty wears off. Like wanting to have Christmas every day or a birthday every day, which children do wish for sometimes. Plinky convinces her witch friends that every day from then on should be Halloween. What fun! Trick-or-Treating and candy every night, only to find out that none of the neighbors shares the same excitement or the awareness that magic now fills each night of the year.
The artwork is cute and colorful and will delight young readers. The witches' friendships show good attitudes when trying something new, even when it doesn't work. I like that no one blamed the other (or the mastermind, Plinky), and they quickly rose up to solve the problem. I also like this story because it gives meaning to each day being different and special. Sure, we all like the wondrous days where we get things or everything goes our way. But what would happen if that was an everyday occurrence? Plinky Witch and the Grand Halloween Scheme by Liz Cooper teaches us that each day is as important as the other, and we can have fun no matter whether it's a holiday or not. Highly recommended.