This week the Webblings and I have been reading The Witches’ Tea Party by Stuart McDonald, it is a beautifully bright picture book written in verse about a little witch named Heggerty who is preparing to entertain her friends. We chose this book because of the captivating front cover and because we are big fans of tea!
The images are particularly charming especially the cat who we enjoyed finding on each page. The colours are bright and vivid throughout the entire story. My personal favourites have to be the enchanting hats that each of the witches wears. They are fantastic and we all enjoyed imagining what powers the witches had which were represented by their hats.
The rhyming verse really rolls off of your tongue and is a pleasure to read. The story flowed well and didn’t leave us wanting more explanation. The characters are all friendly and would be great to see in more adventures.
As a family of vegetarians their was part of the book that caused a little upset and that is the eating of bats and frogs, this would of been less of an issue if the illustrations of these creatures didn’t make them seem so adorable and loveable. However, both of the Webblings said that they would like to see another Heggerty and friends story where they don’t eat cute creatures. Since she is a witch it really does fit the theme, she just looks like such a good witch.
The quality of the book is beautiful, it is a nice big size and the cover is stunning. There are a lot of blank pages in the back that could be utilised in some way to integrate with the story but Lilly Webbling has decided to use this space to design her own witches hats which I am looking forward to seeing.
We would all recommend this book to anyone as a great bedtime story, it has a great narrative and beautiful pictures. It might leave your little ones asking questions about why witches eat certain animals but we don’t discourage questions in this home!
We gave it 4 out of 5 Webs and would love to know what you think.
Samantha, Lilly and Harrison x
Disclaimer : We purchased this copy from Amazon, we were not paid to make this review and it is all our own opinions.