The Little Witch
First published in 1957, this story of a young witch who’s itching to become part of the grown-up witch world has a sprightly tone and a feel that’s somewhere between fairy tale and Harry Potter. That’s a sweet spot for magic-loving children just beginning to read on their own, and you don’t see many books hit it this well. (It would be a fantastic read-aloud, too.)…There’s a morally satisfying fairy-tale ending — a glorious moment of table-turning that speaks to our pent-up frustration at the arbitrary rules of the universe that put mean people in charge. The illustrations — charming, scratchy black-and-white line drawings by Winnie Gebhardt-Gayler — seem like they could have been done yesterday.
—Maria Russo, The New York Times Book Review
Mr. Preussler’s books were read aloud to generations of German children. They adored his characters.
—Douglas Martin, The New York Times
Elements of folklore in Preussler’s books are intertwined with conversations, funny dialogue, discussions of old and young, and angry disputes that are rooted in the everyday life of families and school. Preussler revealed… that he possessed an almost inexhaustible fantasy, an unfailing sense of humor and situation comedy. German children between the ages of four and twelve are still his fans.
—Horst Kunneman, Bookbird
Praise for Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill
One of my favorite books.
In Preussler’s masterpiece, the terror is real, the love sweet, and the suspense twisted tight.
—J. Alison James