Welcome to Paperback Throwback. Each week, I highlight a book from my ever-growing collection of older paperbacks, ‘90s and prior. Come check out everything from Zebra’s line of horror to Scholastic’s preteen Apple Paperbacks, and everything in between— you’ll know them by their stylishly cheesy covers, flashy plots, and cheap prices.
Join me on this stroll down Literary Memory Lane. Stops include Sweet Valley High, Fear Street, and anywhere else mass market paperbacks may be lurking.
Today’s selection will show which witch is which.
Arriman the Awful feels it’s time he was married, so he devises a plan to snag a bride in the only way a wicked and powerful wizard can— a sorcery competition! As the nastiest witches begin arriving for the contest, Belladonna is worried. All of her spells are rather … well, sweet. If only she could conjure something truly devious…
This book was one of my favorites growing up. Witches. A magic competition. A pet worm named Rover. Honestly, this book has everything.
The genius of Eva Ibbotson is that her works have a timeless quality, with the depth of a middle grade novel but the quaintness of a fairy tale. Which Witch? follows this method. The story is simple— a great and powerful wizard seeks a wife. However, it’s peppered with a rich and quirky cast of characters that breathe hilarious life into these pages while also exploring concepts of self-worth.
Plus, the witches have names like Ethel Feebag and Mother Bloodworth. Genius.