Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall!
by Anne Sibley O-Brien, illustrated by Susan Gal
Abrams Appleseed, 2016
Fall is the time of great changes: from returning to school, to birds migrating south, to leaves turning colors. Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! uses these magnificent, contrasting changes to immerse the reader in fall. The illustrator uses rich, vivid, splashy colors to expand each scene’s story beyond the words given. Fall is almost like magic, the changes are so big, hence the author uses magic words to introduce each new transformation. To be sure each young reader is engaged, the transformed scenes hide behind a flap calling to be turned.