The Witches' Kitchen
By Allen Williams
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780759529120, 288pp.)
Publication Date: October 2010
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Deep in the walls of a witches' cottage lays an ancient magical kitchen. Dangling over that kitchen's cauldron, pinched between the fingers of two witches, is a toad. And the Toad has no idea how she got there, and no memory of even her name. All she knows is she doesn't think she was always a Toad, or that she's ever been here before. Determined to recover her memories she sets out on a journey to the oracle, and along the way picks up a rag-tag team of friends: an iron-handed imp, a carnivorous fairy, and a few friendly locals.
But the Kitchen won't make it easy. It is pitch black, infinite, and impossible to navigate, a living maze. Hiding in dark corners are beastly, starving things. Worse yet are the Witches themselves, who have sent a procession of horrific, deadly monsters on her trail. With some courage and wisdom, the Toad just might find herself yet-and with that knowledge, the power to defeat the mighty Witches.
Filled with forty stunning pencil illustrations from the author, the Witches' Kitchen is a rich, well-imagined fantasy setting unlike any other.
Allen Williams has been illustrating in the fantasy genre for twenty years. His work has received numerous awards in art shows across the country, as well as other accolades, including eight Chesley Award nominations for artistic achievements of excellence in the categories of science fiction and fantasy. After having lived in forty different states, Allen now lives in Ohio with his wife and their children.