by Stephen Kellogg
Grade: A - All ages
Gloria is attending witch school, but she dosen't fit in. For one thing she likes to smile, and smiles are absolutely not allowed. Then one day, when she is writing lines for punishment, she hears voices and follows them to see a group of elves listening to a christmas story. She decides that she wants to be a christmas witch, and is transported to another planet full of fueding little men. Her task is to bring the fued to an end, and save the planet from darkness by bringing them the christmas spirit. A huge task, but not too much for Gloria.
Stephen Kellogg is a childhood favorite of mine, and it was fun to be transported back in time by his familiar illustrations. The Christmas Witch is a mix of spooky witches and goblins (halloween) and Christmas Cheer. This is a brilliant combination, which children love (as proven by The Nightmare Before Christmas).