Tilly Witch


Here it is!  The sequel to 1959's Space Witch by Don Freeman.  Tilly Witch was first published by Viking Press in 1969.  This edition, which was deep in the basement storage stacks at my library until I requested it, is from 1969.


As you can see, this book is a bit more colorful than the black-white-aqua Space Witch.  


Tilly Ipswitch, Queen of Halloween, is in a very good mood.  Such a good mood, in fact, that she can't stop smiling and dancing and picking flowers.  Her cat, Kit, is worried about her.  Tilly is getting worried, too. After all, she's the Queen of Halloween!  She is supposed to be scary!


She hops on her new surfboard and flies across the skies to meet with the Witch Doctor.  Her cheerfulness freaks the Witch Doctor out!  He tells her she must go back to witch finishing school.




Tilly flies to Miss Fitch's Finishing School for Witches.  Miss Fitch is appalled by her smiling demeanor.  Tilly has trouble fulfilling simple witchy tasks.  She smiles through class, and she adds sugar and instant pudding to her cauldron!




She is finally plopped in the corner with a dunce cap on her head.  Thinking about Halloween and her recent failures at witchiness, Tilly starts to grow angry.  And scary...



Cured of her sweetness, Tilly races home for Halloween!






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  1. Oh pity, I liked her when she was sweet! Love the picture at the witch school! Such a cool book :)

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    1. I was laughing when I opened to the page with the flowers. Tilly's a pretty awesome witch. :)

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  2. She reminds me of some the Witch in Bugs Bunny Cartoon! Or maybe some other kid's cartoon (my memory fails me!).

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    1. I frankly don't remember her name but maybe it was Witch Hazel after all!

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  3. haha! This is so cute, love the psychedelic colors too :) Looks like Tilly had some funky adventures!

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    1. Love Tilly! I wish these were still in print. They're so much fun.

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  4. Gosh! This is amazing! I'm just so sorry she grew angry and scary... :) I love your story about library and its basement. Cool!

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    1. They're trying to get a plan approved to build a new central branch of our library, because so many older books have had to be moved to basement storage. They only see the light of day when someone puts in a request. I'd love to see more vintage books on the shelves for browsing.

      Happy Tilly makes me giggle.

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  5. This is wonderful. You seriously have the best library. I think i might need to start visiting a library that is a bit further afield than ours so we can discover gems like this in storage. (Not so Dick Yorkish in this one, is she? haha)

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    1. I love that our library system still keeps a huge number of books in storage, hoping for more space, instead of selling everything off in the used bookstore. I used to be afraid to request anything from storage, thinking it might be hard for them to access it, but I actually receive those requests rather quickly.

      No, not quite so Dick Yorkish now! :)

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