FICTION

The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies

Hazy Dell Press. Apr. 2019. 52p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781948931007.
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K-Gr 2–The Cyclops Witch isn’t afraid of anything. Well, maybe one thing. When children show up at her door, she’s horrified. They’re dirty! They’ll tickle! And roughhouse! She knows how to frighten the nasty kids off, though: she’ll lure them from one scary local beast to another, and they’ll never show up again. It doesn’t work out quite as planned, as the witch discovers that the children are really “Heebie-Jeebies,” a scout-like troop that aims to help the ostensibly scary beasts get over their phobias. The rhyming narrative goes on and one and occasionally features clunky and overly long lines. Still, the book, with its pastel, computer-generated images of not-so-scary beasts, might help readers with phobias to realize that facing them is the way to go.
VERDICT A worthwhile addition where children with phobias need assistance.

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