If you've followed this blog for a while then you will know that the books in the Dorrie series by Patricia Coombs are my top favourite picture books ever of all time! They are about a little witch who lives in Witchville with her mother the Big Witch and her black cat Gink.
In this particular story, Dorrie and the Halloween Plot, (which is especially appropriate for today I might add) Dorrie wakes up and jumps out of bed in an extremely exciteable mood.
'Gink,' said Dorrie, 'it's Halloween! Last Halloween Mother said she'd give me a flying lession this Halloween!'
However, Dorrie's mother is too busy to give flying lessons. She is occupied with sewing costumes for the Halloween Pageant which is to be held in honour of the Sorceress. She tells the disappointed Dorrie that she is to be a princess in the Pageant.
'A LITTLE PRINCESS! Oh no!' cries Dorrie.
Of course once the Big Witch has left for the pageant Dorrie can't resist trying out a little broomstick flying by herself. And so the trouble starts! Dorrie realises that flying a broomstick is harder than she thought and ends up getting stuck in a tree. However this turns out to be quite a good thing as she ends up overhearing a gang of Halloween Demons plotting to kidnap the Sorceress and steal the Book of Shadows.
Because Dorrie is dressed in her princess outfit which includes a mask with ringlets attached to it, the Demons think she is a doll and plan to use her as a replacement dummy for the kidnapped sorceress...
....and so it goes on...
And as you might guess, Dorrie saves the day!
And on another note here's a HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Victoria Stitch!