Space Witch


How about a vintage Halloween treat?  One that the girls and I check out from the library every year?


This is Space Witch by Don Freeman of Corduroy fame.  First published in 1959, at the height of the space craze, this is a reprint from the 1980s.  It is about Tilly Ipswitch, Queen of Halloween, and how she builds a space ship, intent on scaring children on other planets one Halloween.



Kit, her beloved black cat, is skeptical, although he is intrigued by the prospect of visiting the Milky Way, for obvious reasons.







She finally lands between two craggy peaks and spies a bunch of little creatures in space suits below!  You can guess the rest.









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  1. UTTERLY FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no idea this existed. So awesome!!!! you rock.

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    1. It's so much fun. I know a couple of other bloggers (with much more traffic) have featured it with high-quality scans, which is why I didn't show it off last year. This year, I had to. I love it too much! ;)

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  2. oh my gosh!!! I want to read this book this very instant!!! right now. I must track you down my pretty....

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    1. It is so cute. I have Tilly the Witch, a sequel from ten years later, requested from the storage stacks at the library. Hoping it arrives soon!

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  3. What a great book!!! I need to find it!

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  4. What a gorgeous book!!!! I love it!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Everyone should know about it!!! :o) Don Freeman was wonderful.

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  5. This looks AMAZING! We love Don Freeman. I'm laughing at the illustrations because in so many of them, the witch is reminding me of Dick York - especially the second photo. I guess because the whole thing looks like the opening credits to Bewitched.

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    1. HA! I can totally see that! How funny. The library just sent me a text, letting me know that the sequel is waiting for me. We'll have to see if she continues to look like Dick York! :)

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  6. So original and funny and the art is wonderful!

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    1. It's a real favorite of mine. Someday I'll hunt down my own copy, but I'm so happy the library has it on the Halloween book shelf! :o)

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