The Pomegranate Witch
by Denise Doyen, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Chronicle Books, 2017
This haunting tale of the Pomegranate Witch will be appreciated by adults as well as titillating for children. Written in ‘dense’ rhyme, each word contributes to the story’s ambiance and action.
On the edge of town stood the spooky pomegranate tree where kids scared themselves with made-up tales, daring each other to grab the trees treasure. Finally, five brave adventurers take on the task. Surprising them, the Pomegranate Witch challenges them to a duel, the next day, at noon. While their second plan of attack, plan B, is in progress, their youngest member sneaks in a back gate and steals a treasure. They won! Then Kindly Lady, whose sister is the witch, or so she says…, invites them over for Halloween cheer. The perfect tale for a late night scare.