Heidi Heckelbeck Gets the Sniffles

illus. by Priscilla Burris. 128p. (Heidi Heckelbeck: Bk. 12). S. & S./Little Simon. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481413633; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781481413626.
Gr 2–4—Heidi Heckelbeck can't wait to attend the fall festival, but when an onslaught of sniffles threatens her fun, the little witch takes matters into her own hands and tries to cast a spell. Burris's kid-friendly drawings appear on almost every page, making this enchanting title perfect for emerging readers not quite ready for Jill Murphy's "Worst Witch" series (Candlewick).
The school's once-white bunny ends up tie-dyed under young witch Heidi's watch and magic only makes matters worse (Bunny); Heidi hopes a spell will cure her sickness before the Fall Festival (Sniffles); and she tries to save Aunt Sophie's wedding when a big problem pops up (Flower). Series fans will appreciate the humorous stories' reliable hijinks, (too) tidy outcomes, and charming black-and-white illustrations. Review covers these Heidi Heckelbeck titles: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Tie-Dyed Bunny, Heidi Heckelbeck Gets the Sniffles, and Heidi Heckelbeck Is a Flower Girl.

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