Witchlet Brew

Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 08/16/2023
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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.

Shrabastee Chakraborty

The evening before Halloween is always a busy one for the witches. Elydia and Amari’s mother seek their help in making a special potion. The sister duo closely follows their mom’s instructions; however, they add a curious ingredient to the brew when she turns her back. The overwhelming amount of smoke and buzz that follow makes it clear they have committed a grave mistake. Will the potion be ruined? Can their mom save it in time for Halloween? Will they have to start again from scratch? Find out in Witchlet Brew, a children’s picture book written by Laurel Lorenzini and illustrated by Amanda Letcher.

The two cute little witchlets stole my heart with their unstoppable curiosity and covert shenanigans. I admired how the mother kept calm, dealt with the situation maturely, and solved the debacle. I loved the rhyming sentences that would surely charm young readers. The profuse collection of onomatopoeic words further added to the whimsy. Using words like “accountable” and “insurmountable” would help the audience to enrich their vocabulary. Letcher’s eye-catching illustrations are stunning. I especially loved the characters’ expressions; for example, the sisters’ feigned innocence when their mother suspected them! In this enchanting little story, Laurel Lorenzini also delivered an important lesson: we need to own up to our mistakes. This book taught the youngsters to come clean to their parents so that they could rectify the most troublesome issues. Witchlet Brew is a perfect story for children aged 3-7 years.

Keith Mbuya

Elydia and Amari are two young witchlets. Halloween is tomorrow night and the two witchlets want to make a “Proper Fright”. They decide to make a witchlet brew. Under the watchful eye of their witch mom, they stir and mix. Mash and dash. Splash and make the brew flash. But then someone knocks and their witch mom goes to answer the door. The two witchlets see a jar named “Poo-Poo Piffy” on the shelf. They decide to add some to the witchlet brew without their mom’s consent. Suddenly they hear a loud buzz and smoke pours out of the witchlet brew. The two witchlets had ruined the concoction. What will the witch mom do to Elydia and Amari? Will they be able to save the mixture? Find out in Laurel Lorenzini’s Witchlet Brew.

Lovers of children’s picture books with a touch of fantasy and adventure will revel in Laurel Lorenzini’s Witchlet Brew. Weaving an intriguing plot, Laurel whisked me away from reality and transported me into an epic world of make-believe. The colorful images complemented the text impressively, satisfying my imagination. The author teaches children important lessons about obedience, owning up to mistakes, forgiveness, and curiosity through the story. Children will learn that it’s fine to be inquisitive, but curiosity can land them in trouble, such as when Elydia and Amari wondered about what “Poo-Poo Piffy” would do to the witch brew. They ended up ruining the blend. This can as well happen in real life and the result may be irreversible damage or even harm to people.

K.C. Finn

Witchlet Brew is a work of fiction in the picture book, Halloween-themed, and fantasy subgenres. It is intended for young readers and was penned by author Laurel Lorenzini with charming illustrations provided by artist Amanda Letcher. In this delightful story told in rhyme, we follow the exploits of two young ‘witchlets’ (or witches in training) who are learning about potion-making from their mother. As the Halloween brew comes up to a bubble, the witchlets try an experiment that might ruin everything just before the big celebration. But perhaps their mother can help them fix it all in time and teach them some lessons about teamwork along the way.

Author Laurel Lorenzini has crafted an utterly charming work for young readers and newly-independent readers to enjoy during the playful and colorful Halloween season. One of the things I really loved about this work was its performance ability, with so many sound effects and actions that I could easily imagine enthusiastic children imitating and wanting to act out for real. I imagine that this work could easily spark an interest in cooking, mixing fun drinks, and generally being more creative, especially around the Halloween theme. The gorgeous illustrations by artist Amanda Letcher really amp the work up to its maximum potential, presenting a vibrant and diverse cast of characters (and some Halloween-y guest appearances) whilst also layering mood, atmosphere, and playfulness into every scene. Overall, Witchlet Brew is a highly recommended picture book for this autumn to bring a spark of creativity and a lot of wholesome fun to your household.

Astrid Iustulin

It is Halloween, and the witch mom calls her two daughters, Witchlet One and Witchlet Two, to prepare a Halloween brew. Witch-mom knows the recipe and uses all the right ingredients. But what happens when her two daughters add the Poo-poo Piffy to the other ingredients when their mother answers the door? Will they admit their mistake when their mom explains what it means to be accountable? Find out in Laurel Lorenzini's delightful book, Witchlet Brew.

Witchlet Brew is a great book that any child who loves Halloween will be thrilled to read. The two young protagonists are adorable, and the illustrations by Amanda Letcher depict them as lovely young girls. They do something that many children are tempted to do (add an ingredient to a recipe) but are then afraid to admit their mistake. I think that any young reader will find it easy to relate to them - who has never had the temptation to improve a recipe and then discover that it was better to have done nothing? I am sure that children will have a lot of fun with the two witchlets and will learn the importance of being responsible. Laurel Lorenzini has written an entertaining and educational book that will bring joy to many young readers. I recommend it to children who look forward to Halloween every year. It will be the perfect way to prepare for that event or to spend it pleasantly if they are reading the book on the scariest day of the year.