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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Even little witches (or witchlets) can get themselves into trouble, as readers will discover in Laurel Lorenzini’s children’s book, Witchlet Brew. Elydia and Amari, sister witchlets, are making a brew to help add to the spookiness of Halloween. They’re excited and want to make something that will “create a proper fright!” They add all kinds of potions and decide to add some poo-poo-piffy. That’s when the brew gets out of control and creates a buzz—just in time for their witch mom to appear and assess the situation. She knows they’ve been up to mischief, but the two witchlets are hesitant to confess, even though it’s the right thing to do. They’re so afraid their witch mom will be super mad at them. But which is worse? Witch mom being mad or the concoction they’ve created getting out of control?
Laurel Lorenzini’s picture book Witchlet Brew is a clever way to teach young readers the importance of taking responsibility for their actions. Told in rhyming verse, with lots of onomatopoeia (sound words) for added effect, this story is full of fun, laughter, and mischief. The language is simple, but the message is sincere: take responsibility for your actions. Like the witch mom says, “We all make mistakes. You must own up to yours.” She adds an example of one of her mistakes that she had to own up to, proving that even adults are not immune to making mistakes. We all do things wrong sometimes, but it’s important to confess so that our wrongs can be corrected before it’s too late. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and full of the mischief these witchlets project. This is a fun and educational read.