CM . . . . Volume XVII Number 38 . . . . June 3, 2011
In the fourth graphic novel of the “Sam & Friends Mystery” series, Sam and Jennie get new neighbours when three strange sisters move into the house across the street. Weird things start happening in the neighbourhood, including wacky weather, strange visitors showing up with mysterious packages and even stranger pets that keep disappearing. Sam’s nose for mystery is twitching, and Sam and the girls hypothesize that the sisters are witches:
However, as they get to know the neighbours more, things seem stranger and stranger and even Jennie becomes convinced that the sisters are witches. A mysterious stranger shows up who puts a hex on Sam, and they decide that they have to find the spell book in order to remove the hex. After they sneak into the witches’ house, matters come to a head, and they find the real explanation for the strange goings on across the street.
This graphic novel is fun to read, and the story moves along quickly. The black and white illustrations are entertaining, and the expressions on both the girls’ faces and Sam’s face are very descriptive and often comical. Witches’ Brew is a great way to introduce early readers to chapter books, and more advanced readers will enjoy it too.
Lisa O’Hara is a mother of three and a librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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