Baldrick the cat, an apprentice to Witch Lobelia Gnomeclencher, gets himself in trouble when he tries out an unfamiliar spell in order to indulge in his all-consuming fondness for mice.
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Ages 4-8. In a lighthearted, slapstick story just right for Halloween, Baldrick is learning to be a witch's cat. He's not that good at riding a broomstick, but he's really skilled at spells and incantations. What he loves most are mice. When he hears that the moon is made of green cheese, he's determined to get there because he knows that "where there's cheese, there's mice." Messing with the witch's brew, he's clashingly transformed into a strange creature, part bee, part pig, and makes a beeline for the moon. The moon mice turn out to be "enormice," but he narrowly escapes them and proves himself a hero. The silly whimsy gets a bit much at times, but the wordplay is funny, and the brightly colored, detailed illustrations combine farce, domesticity, and general garish fun. The witch, with long, gray permed hair, high-heeled boots, swirling cape, and pointed hat, is a satisfying blend of the trendy, the ancient, and the hideous. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Red Fox, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99432714