Halloween is coming soon! What would you do if your babysitter was a bruja? Yes, a witch! She could order her black cats to attack, catch you while flying her broom, or cook you in her cauldron with cocodrillos! You might need to get those defense powers on if your babysitter was a bruja. You could cook a magic potion, get her broom, or escape. But what about if your bruja babysitter wants to be your amiga? You could be a bruja-in-training!
If Your Babysitter is a Bruja, written by the prolific children’s author Ana Siqueira, is an amusing and imaginative Halloween story about a girl whose babysitter is a bruja. The little girl and the bruja babysitter engage in lots of action, making it a lively read. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene, but I couldn’t stop smiling when the girl prepares a “delicioso drink” to defend herself from the bruja. I did something similar to my grandmother when she cared for my siblings and me while our parents were traveling. So, this scene took me back to that funny moment in time. I also laughed when I read the bruja put the girl in a cauldron with cocodrilos.
If Your Babysitter is a Bruja is a testament to the power of children’s imagination, which Siqueira nails with her fun writing style. Her sprinkling of Spanish words at the right moments is fantastic. As for Irena Freita’s dynamic illustrations, I can’t get enough of them. I love the vibrant Halloween color pallet, details, and expressions she used in her digital art.
I highly recommend this energetic picture book, as it’s perfect for the Halloween season and for inspiring children’s imagination about their babysitters.
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