18822140Reviewed by Nina Longfield

Diana Mitchell’s stories are fun and engaging. The Grey Witch by Mitchell can entertain a wide variety of readers from young to old. Obviously written towards the older child, these stories are packed with amusing snippets that might please any who wander these pages. This collection of tales each tell the story of a witch; there is the Grey Witch, a Yellow Witch, the Orange Witch, and a Blue Witch. Each witch has a cat of corresponding color and each cat decisively opinionated.

The Grey Witch is a funny character. She is a little scatterbrained but with good intentions. She has a grey cat that helps with her magic. The cat has a more pragmatic outlook on the witch’s magic and pretends not to listen when she calls. He has felt the negative consequences of the Grey Witch’s magic a few times because the witch will not admit to needing glasses when reading spells, which leads to funny situations.

The Yellow Witch protects her home and the environment around her when construction crews start impinging on her hill. The Orange Witch befriends a lonely boy and takes him trick-or-treating with humorous effects. The Blue Witch like to water ski with her cat and a friendly dog. The witches are all unique, yet similar. When they practice their magic, something comical seems to ensue, be it a schoolyard full of animals created from toys or a water skiing dog. Children love the witches for the fun they bring. The towns people cringe seeing them wondering what antics the witches will create on each outing.

Enhancing Mitchell’s story collection are Susan Whiting’s interspersed illustrations. The drawings are charming, full of color, warmth, and expression. Whiting’s pictures enliven Mitchell’s stories bringing scenes colorfully and imaginatively alive.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Nina Longfield is a writer living in Oregon’s fertile wine country. When she is not reading or writing in her spare time, Nina enjoys hiking in the hills surrounding her cabin.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Diana Mitchell. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.