The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza – Jennie Palmer

  The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza – Jennie Palmer, Abrams Books for Young readers, (9781419726422), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Anita and Winnifred Wompananny are kitchen witches whose specialty is making pizzas.  In a nice twist on fears, the sisters live in Brooklyn and rarely go outside because they are wary of children.  When a group of children selling cookies ring their bell, the sisters hide and then “pounded their fearful, freaked-out feelings into fresh dough.”  They realize that they have created a gigantic mean pizza, which rolls out the door and slops cheese and pepperoni all over the neighborhood.  The adults all panic, but the children are hungry and follow the pizza to the park where they devour it.  The witches are delighted that the children love their pizza and soon invite the children to help them cook.  The illustrations rendered with ink, watercolor and photoshop are a delight and perfectly complement the story.  The Wompananny sisters are purple skinned and non-scary, with one tall and slim and out short and stout.  This one is sure to be a story time favorite.  A story about overcoming fears as well as pizza!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  

To whom would you recommend this book? This would make for a fun runaway food-themed story time paired with Tomie DePaola’s Strega Nona and Judi Barrett’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 2/7/18            


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