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Gloria is the worst student in Madame Pestilence's Academy. She can never get her spells right, flunks broom drill, and gets in trouble for smiling too much. When she discovers a magical holiday called Christmas, she decides she wants to be a Christmas witch, and use her magic to bring peace and delight. It's not an easy task - but with the help of some intrepid elves, Glo Gloria is the worst student in Madame Pestilence's Academy. She can never get her spells right, flunks broom drill, and gets in trouble for smiling too much. When she discovers a magical holiday called Christmas, she decides she wants to be a Christmas witch, and use her magic to bring peace and delight. It's not an easy task - but with the help of some intrepid elves, Gloria comes through


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Gloria is the worst student in Madame Pestilence's Academy. She can never get her spells right, flunks broom drill, and gets in trouble for smiling too much. When she discovers a magical holiday called Christmas, she decides she wants to be a Christmas witch, and use her magic to bring peace and delight. It's not an easy task - but with the help of some intrepid elves, Glo Gloria is the worst student in Madame Pestilence's Academy. She can never get her spells right, flunks broom drill, and gets in trouble for smiling too much. When she discovers a magical holiday called Christmas, she decides she wants to be a Christmas witch, and use her magic to bring peace and delight. It's not an easy task - but with the help of some intrepid elves, Gloria comes through

30 review for The Christmas Witch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Although I have found the illustrations for Steven Kellogg's The Christmas Witch colourful and for the most part delightfully and yes often also humorously descriptive, truth be told, but I cannot even remotely consider Kellogg's presented text as being to my reading tastes. For aside from The Christmas Witch feeling and reading like a rather strange mixture of Witch Academy (such as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Gillian Murphy's The Worst Witch series) and a bit of science fiction clad in the Although I have found the illustrations for Steven Kellogg's The Christmas Witch colourful and for the most part delightfully and yes often also humorously descriptive, truth be told, but I cannot even remotely consider Kellogg's presented text as being to my reading tastes. For aside from The Christmas Witch feeling and reading like a rather strange mixture of Witch Academy (such as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Gillian Murphy's The Worst Witch series) and a bit of science fiction clad in the loose garments of Mediaevalism thematics, both the main antagonist, Madame Pestilence, and the positive and heroic characters presented, they are all and sundry in my opinion frustratingly and annoyingly too one-sidedly stereotypically evil or good (in a manner that while Steven Kellogg obviously means this to be humorous and engaging, it just does not work and becomes massively tedious and boring, with especially that angel character feeling like a standard Hallmark Christmas card entity with no deep significance and Madame Pestilence and her minions too cardboard thin to even somewhat find interesting and engaging). And in fact, the ONLY characters in The Christmas Witch whom I personally have found somewhat believable and relatable are the Pepperwills and the Valdoons (even if they are seemingly aliens, albeit aliens who both look and act like mediaeval knights and ladies). For yes, it does make basic common sense that even after Gloria has renovated the castle, that after centuries of animosity and feuding, both Pepperwills and Valdoons would naturally still be suspicious of each other and would not suddenly and out of the blue become firm and committed friends. Now while I do kind of appreciate the final message of The Christmas Witch that in order to keep the magic of Christmas, to keep Madame Pestilence from reappearing and wreaking havoc, the Pepperwills and the Valdoons will need to permanently bury their proverbial hatchets and become allies, in my opinion, the entire storyline of The Christmas Witch has been at best rather forced and artificial, not to mention on the surface, and with not really all that much authorial originality either (for indeed, I do find that Steven Kellogg has just taken a bunch of common fairy tale and fantasy plot elements and melded them into a strange and uninspiring, monotonous whole, with a bit of science fiction thrown in for good measure and characters who are for the most part undeveloped and lacking in any kind of nuance). Two stars maximum (and yes, those two stars are actually and really only for the fact that I do find the illustrations accompanying the narrative visually enchanting and aesthetically pleasing, for if I were to consider The Christmas Witch according to how much I have not found Steven Kellogg's text to my likes and reading tastes, I would only be ranking this book with one star).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    2.5 STARS I found it a bit too long and too jumbled, rather a hodgepodge of genres, but I also felt its heart is in the right place and that it had a good message. It's not one I'd be eager to seek out again but I'm glad I read it. 2.5 STARS I found it a bit too long and too jumbled, rather a hodgepodge of genres, but I also felt its heart is in the right place and that it had a good message. It's not one I'd be eager to seek out again but I'm glad I read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    Little witch Gloria throws a big holiday shindig in the hopes of uniting two warring tribes. Kellogg's art is WAY better than the story here which offers an uneasy mix of Christmas warmth and Halloween horrors. Little witch Gloria throws a big holiday shindig in the hopes of uniting two warring tribes. Kellogg's art is WAY better than the story here which offers an uneasy mix of Christmas warmth and Halloween horrors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Gloria, a little witch who liked to smile, was always in disgrace at Miss Pestilence's Academy for Young Goblins and Witches. Forever muddling her spells, or coming last in her class, she wasn't much of a witch at all! But then one night, overhearing a stranger (looking suspiciously like an angel) telling a groups of elves the story of a wonderful holiday called Christmas, she decided that she too wanted a part in this season of magic and miracles - she wanted to be a Christmas Witch! Dispatched Gloria, a little witch who liked to smile, was always in disgrace at Miss Pestilence's Academy for Young Goblins and Witches. Forever muddling her spells, or coming last in her class, she wasn't much of a witch at all! But then one night, overhearing a stranger (looking suspiciously like an angel) telling a groups of elves the story of a wonderful holiday called Christmas, she decided that she too wanted a part in this season of magic and miracles - she wanted to be a Christmas Witch! Dispatched by the angel to a far planet (yes, you read that right), where two peoples - the Pepperwills and the Valdoons - were locked in a ceaseless war, Gloria is told that she must find a way to heal their wounds, and bring peace to their world. Although the illustrations here were quite engaging - full of fun, with many little amusing details - I can't say that I was all that impressed by the plot of The Christmas Witch, which struck me as an odd mixture of Star Trek and Harry Potter, with a sentimental, "Precious Moments" style angel thrown in, for good measure. It's as if Kellogg couldn't decide whether he wanted to write a Halloween story or a Christmas tale! The result felt scattered and unsatisfying. Definitely not one I would recommend for holiday reading!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Well that's certainly original. And I liked how it took a lot of helpers a lot of work to bring about the happy ending. I kinda want a happier fate for the villain, but Kellogg's choice is fit. I also like how the angel friend isn't assigned a gender... not sure if there's some reason but it's a neat detail. Three stars is probably low, but it's just my personal reaction. Well that's certainly original. And I liked how it took a lot of helpers a lot of work to bring about the happy ending. I kinda want a happier fate for the villain, but Kellogg's choice is fit. I also like how the angel friend isn't assigned a gender... not sure if there's some reason but it's a neat detail. Three stars is probably low, but it's just my personal reaction.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    This is a funny and energetic story about a young witch trying to make peace between two warring factions during a Christmas celebration. The illustrations are crammed full of details and humorous situations. As much of the story is carried in the illustrations as in the text.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Probably my least favorite Steven Kellogg book. Too long having a lot to do with Christmas. But, I find that with a lot of holiday books- that sometimes they wander away from the anticipated holiday theme.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gloria hears tinkling bells and goes in search of the cause, and finds a reading of a Christmas story by elves and an angel. There was A Christmas Carol feel and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, when Gloria flew in the sky with her Christmas friend, an angel. The story took a sharp veer into random territory when the friend mentions the polka-dotted Pepperwills and the striped Valdoons. Looked to be medieval; people were wearing chain mail, and they lived in castles. Then I noticed someone wore blu Gloria hears tinkling bells and goes in search of the cause, and finds a reading of a Christmas story by elves and an angel. There was A Christmas Carol feel and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, when Gloria flew in the sky with her Christmas friend, an angel. The story took a sharp veer into random territory when the friend mentions the polka-dotted Pepperwills and the striped Valdoons. Looked to be medieval; people were wearing chain mail, and they lived in castles. Then I noticed someone wore blue jeans with a belt on. Madame Pestilence shrinking and turning into a cockroach, and the witches and goblins declaring “We’re free! We’re free! Hooray for Gloria!” was exactly like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz when she melts the wicked witch. This was a bit too odd for me. It felt like it was all over the place, with a lot of elements thrown together, and none of it worked for me. We’ve got witches and goblins, an evil headmistress, angels(I guess it was an angel - she was never named), a planet with Valdoon’s and Pepperwill’s. Gloria is baking a magic cake. The witches and goblins plan an attack, eating her cake, there’s a masquerade ball, a failed attack, defeat of the witch, everyone becomes friends. There were no new ideas in this, just borrowed from other authors and movies. The broom flying reminded me of Harry Potter, the angel the Ghost of Christmas Past, and defeating Madame Pestilence was just like the Wizard of Oz. The illustrations were ok. My favorite pages were the one with the completed cake, the party goers heading to the castle in the snow, and the decorated Christmas tree on the next page. The trees were pretty in here, with yellow light shining and all the colors on the page. The characters weren’t my cup of tea, though. Strange-looking and not very cute, especially the witches and goblins. Not your typical Christmas book, that’s for sure. It might work for some people.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laken Wilson

    Adorable

  10. 5 out of 5

    Misbah

    This story is on a different planet Pepperdoon, where a student witch defies her evil witch teacher and helps warring communities come together with magic and Christmas spirit. Is it weird that their is Christmas on a distant planet? This story was all over the place.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    I thought this book was a little too disjointed with crazy stuff happening randomly. Funny in some ways though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ms. B

    For those looking for a Christmas story with Christian allegories, this is the one. Our hero' s name is Gloria; the villain (or villainess) is named Madame Pestilence. For those looking for a Christmas story with Christian allegories, this is the one. Our hero' s name is Gloria; the villain (or villainess) is named Madame Pestilence.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Gloria, Madame Pestilence's worst student at the Academy for Young Goblins and Witches, decides to become a Christmas Witch after hearing about the holiday while a Christmas story was being read. She must first end a feud between the Valdoons and Pepperwills who have been at war since 1382. With a little help from elfin visitors from the North Pole, Gloria sets her plan into action. Gloria, Madame Pestilence's worst student at the Academy for Young Goblins and Witches, decides to become a Christmas Witch after hearing about the holiday while a Christmas story was being read. She must first end a feud between the Valdoons and Pepperwills who have been at war since 1382. With a little help from elfin visitors from the North Pole, Gloria sets her plan into action.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    *rating very inflated due to nostalgia

  15. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    It was a Christmas book but had a Halloween feel to it. I enjoy reading this book to a 6yr old. She picked this book because it’s almost October and she wants to get in the feel of Christmas!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    What a strange, strange book...

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

    I like this book because the witch goes to this planet that's very gloomy, but at the end it said it [spoiler alert] shone brighter than it did before she got there, and brighter than it every did. I like this book because the witch goes to this planet that's very gloomy, but at the end it said it [spoiler alert] shone brighter than it did before she got there, and brighter than it every did.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amberlee

    Another of my favorites. It became one of my sister's favorites too. She'd have me read it to her over and over. Another of my favorites. It became one of my sister's favorites too. She'd have me read it to her over and over.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Read with my son when he was in first grade.* A fun take on a good witch. *He had to keep a reading log and I just found this while going through a bunch of storage totes.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Magpie67

    Adorable little witch was doesn't have it in herself to be a mean witch. A chance meeting with a fairy has her on a mission to set something right on a planet where two groups of individuals are not friends. This witch uses magic to bring them together and to chase away the clouds above the planet and to get rid of the mean witch at her school. Life is wonderful when Christmas is shared. The other witches discover that cake taste better than cockroach soup and so they revolt and the love and kin Adorable little witch was doesn't have it in herself to be a mean witch. A chance meeting with a fairy has her on a mission to set something right on a planet where two groups of individuals are not friends. This witch uses magic to bring them together and to chase away the clouds above the planet and to get rid of the mean witch at her school. Life is wonderful when Christmas is shared. The other witches discover that cake taste better than cockroach soup and so they revolt and the love and kindness spreads turning the head witch into a cockroach. What a great premise... to spread love, friendship, gifts and food to chase away the bad in the world.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    My 3 yr. old loves this book right now. It is a cute story, and it's fun to read...fun illustrations. I'm still figuring out how I should read the evil witche's commands (she calls them idiots, blockheads). My 3 yr. old loves this book right now. It is a cute story, and it's fun to read...fun illustrations. I'm still figuring out how I should read the evil witche's commands (she calls them idiots, blockheads).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    We like Steven Kellogg, but this book was too weird for me mixing Halloween witches and a Christmas story. . . I don't think I'll try it again next year. We like Steven Kellogg, but this book was too weird for me mixing Halloween witches and a Christmas story. . . I don't think I'll try it again next year.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    One of my favourites still from when I was a kid. The annual christmas-eve gift my mom got me one year, and I've held onto it ever since. One of my favourites still from when I was a kid. The annual christmas-eve gift my mom got me one year, and I've held onto it ever since.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    We read the Spanish version.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    One of our favorite family Christmas stories.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cody-Paige

    One of my all time favorite steven kellogg books! When I was young I couldn't get enough of it : ) One of my all time favorite steven kellogg books! When I was young I couldn't get enough of it : )

  27. 4 out of 5

    Clyde Ruth

    cute, different Christmas story....good read aloud

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The children like this story. We have read it many times.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tanya W

    Fun Christmas story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joelle Walter

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