Here comes Halloween book number three!
I first discovered these illustrations from the book 'De Kleine Heks' by Otfried Preussler' a year or so ago and I was immediately enchanted by the illustrations. I just love the way the little witch is drawn so charmingly. In fact I think these illustrations are some of my very favourite illustrations of witches I have ever seen!
Of course I wanted to buy the book straight away but alas it was not to be. All I had to go on was the title 'De kleine Heks' and for some reason I couldn't find it anywhere! Eventually (quite recently in fact) I did manage to find a copy of this book on Amazon and was extremely pleased to receive it in the post even though the illustrations in my copy were complketely in black and white. Then, because I wanted to know what the story was all about I looked up the words 'de kleine heks' on google translate and discovered they meant 'the little witch.' That led me on to search 'The Little Witch' on Amazon and lo and behold there were fifteen copies of the book there for a fraction of the price. Oh well! That'll teach me to do my research properly before buying a book.
Anyhow, I still love my copy even though it is in Dutch and I cannot understand a word of it. Maybe one day I'll buy a cheapy English copy and actually read the story. For now though, looking at the wonderful illustrations will have to suffice!
Here's the blurb to the book in case you're interested. (Also I should mention that this is a young fiction book not a picture book!):
'The little witch was only a hundred and twenty seven years old. That's not at all old for a witch. She spent about six hours a day doing excersises in witchcraft, but she couldn't get her spells right. Then she got into deep disgrace at the Walpurgis Night party. She was given a year to make herself into a good witch or be expelled.'