Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Witch Switch: Hubble, Bubble, Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy

My Granny's kind of different.

She wears a black, pointy hat.

And everywhere she goes, she takes her cats and frogs and bats--even to the movies.

People are bound to talk, and Granny is not exactly acting like your average low profile storybook witch. Granny lets her true self hang out, as she brews up slime soup, runs errands around town on her classic broom, and makes her granddaughter's teacher's pants disappear.

Why can't she do the sort of things other grannies do?

So this ordinary granddaughter sets out to do a makeover on Granny--to make her more...normal-ish. Granny loves being herself, but she loves her grandchild more, and she makes a effort to blend in.

Granny really tries. She knits. She takes the city bus instead of her broom downtown and gets a standard Granny-type curly hairdo and a normal pet. She wears flowery little aprons.

A happy ending? Well... not exactly.

Something was not quite right. She seemed like someone else's Gran.

"I'm kind of bored," Grany said

It's a witchy work-up on the old "be careful what you wish for" theme, in Tracey Corderoy's brand-new Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble (Nosy Crow/Candlewick Press, 2012) Granny story which affirms the tried-and-true thought that what makes the perfect granny is that she loves you a lot.

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