The Warthog's Tail
By Debby Atwell
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618507818, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 2005
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It's Haloween, and Tegan, the witch's daughter, can't wait to Trick or Treat. First she must hurry home to help with her mother's special Haloween spell. But when she gets there, she discovers a sleeping wathog is blocking her gate! Too afraid to go near the nasty, tusked beast, Tegan tries to cast a few spells, but neither the dog, nor the stick, nor the magic match wil obey her bossy commands. What's a little witch to do? Just as she begins to worry that she'll never make it home in time for Trick or Treat, an old man comes walking down the road. Seeing her distress, the old man offers a suggestion: If spells won't work, maybe Tegan should try the magic of persuasion?
Debby Atwell is a well-known landscape painter and the author and illustrator of River, Barn, and Pearl. Barn earned a starred review from School Library Journal and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year in 1996. Pearl also received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Ms. Atwell lives in Maine.
"This highly atmospheric Halloween story manages to work in a lesson about how to win friends and influence people (or warthogs)." Booklist Booklist, ALA