Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 5, 2010)
The Witches' Kitchen by Allen Williams
Deep in the walls of a witches' cottage lays an ancient magical kitchen. Dangling over that kitchen's cauldron, pinched between the fingers of two witches, is a toad. And the Toad has no idea how she got there, and no memory of even her name. All she knows is she doesn't think she was always a Toad, or that she's ever been here before. Determined to recover her memories she sets out on a journey to the oracle, and along the way picks up a rag-tag team of friends: an iron-handed imp, a carnivorous fairy, and a few friendly locals.
But the Kitchen won't make it easy. It is pitch black, infinite, and impossible to navigate, a living maze. Hiding in dark corners are beastly, starving things. Worse yet are the Witches themselves, who have sent a procession of horrific, deadly monsters on her trail. With some courage and wisdom, the Toad just might find herself yet-and with that knowledge, the power to defeat the mighty Witches.
Filled with forty stunning pencil illustrations from the author, the Witches' Kitchen is a rich, well-imagined fantasy setting unlike any other.
I loved this book. I really, really loved this book. It was such a fun read. Allen Williams did a really good job writing this magical story. There are two witches, who are sisters, Sarafine and Emilina. They are always fighting with each other, lots of drama. Toad, well, she doesn't think she's always been a toad. I felt sorry for her. The Kitchen in the story is the main part. I can't explain to you the little things, the parts of the story that makes it magical, and the characters are so well described. Every bit of this book is just amazing. FUN. "Kitchen" was really the main character, so many little things about kitchen, like a maze that never ends, and the way it was described, was so easily pictured in my head. This book was also kind of spooky. I don't want to give anything away, but, if you read the above description of this book, and still want a reason to read it... other than all of the illustrations... Well, then your crazy. IT WAS MAGICAL, and the fact that author had a big imagination while writing, is just one more reason to read it! I really felt like I was in another world. That's a wonderful feeling, by-the-way.