Spooky yet Sentimental: Childhood Favourites with a Halloween Twist!

As bookworms, we all have those books that mean, and always will mean, a lot to us in a sentimental way. In honour of Halloween and all things spooky, I thought I’d share one of my favourite childhood books that shares some of its themes with this ghoulish event!


Title: Fat Witch Rides Again

Author: Margaret Ryan

Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark

Genre: Fiction, Children’s

Blurb: Fat Witch wants a vroomstick, and the only way she can afford to buy one is to claim the reward being offered for the capture of Elf Azard. So Fat Witch sets out on an ecological mission to save the countryside from Elf Azard’s dastardly devastation… but catching a villain isn’t as easy as she thinks.

This book was bought for me by my nan for 10p from a local library in their clear out sale (do libraries still do that?). It probably didn’t mean much to her at the time, past being something nice for her granddaughter, but this book was read so many times when I was young! I asked for it to be read to me by my parents at bedtime, making them do the funny voices, and even then picked it up on my own when I was able to read by myself.


I don’t know what made me love this book so much. Maybe it’s because it wasn’t difficult to read, or maybe it was the wonderful illustrations. Or, maybe it was the fact that my mom and my nan had a running story that the women in my family were witches and I’d get my powers when I was older 😂 (and I genuinely believed them for a while). Either way, this book has so much sentimental value to me that it’s survived through numerous book clear outs in the past ten years and still tends to be the first thing I think about when I think of books about witches.



This book follows the main character, Fat Witch (and her adorable black cat, Joe King), on her mission to apprehend Elf Azard and stop him causing mischief so that she can get the promised reward and be able to buy a new vroomstick – a goal that becomes increasingly important when Fat Witch breaks her old broomstick by carrying too many cakes! A wonderful story with a basic but enjoyable plot that is easy to grasp and fun to read.


One of my favourite things about this book, looking back, is the adorable illustrations throughout the story. It’s so lovely to be able to see the characters and some of the scenes, making this a brilliant story for kids to read either on their own or with parents. For me, these images also helped to encourage some discussion of the book as I had something simple to refer to when asking questions.

If you’re looking for a book for a younger child who is still learning to read slightly more complicated books, then I’d definitely recommend this one! It’s supported with images that can be used to help tell the story and is only 87 pages long, making it something that can be easily read in an afternoon.

Did you read this book when you were young? Or maybe you’ve read it to your little ones? What did you think?

What were your favourite books when you were young? Did any of them have Halloween-y themes? I’d love to know!

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter for a book chat! I’m always looking for new recommendations! 😌📚

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2 thoughts on “Spooky yet Sentimental: Childhood Favourites with a Halloween Twist!

  1. I don’t think I read this book when I was younger, but it feels so familiar! I think Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” (and the Twits to some extent I guess) is a good book for this time of year- creeped me out when I was younger and I can’t even THINK about the movie 😂

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