Kin Platt Sarah Law Kennerly - Essay

Sarah Law Kennerly

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Mystery of the Witch Who Wouldn't … is the sequel to Sinbad and Me…. But readers who expect more of the same should be warned immediately: this one is all about witchcraft and only for aficionados. Hero Steve, his bulldog Sinbad, and his friend Minerva Landry, the sheriff's daughter, get involved with a little old lady witch, Aurelia Hepburn, who tells Minerva not to let her father open any package tied with string. When the sheriff does open one, it explodes, and he ends up in the hospital. Steve and Minerva investigate, aided, of course, by Aurelia, who's subsequently captured by the criminals. They try to make her read the secret-formula-containing mind of a scientist they've captured, but Aurelia calls up her demons, weaves a spell that brings about a spectacularly successful hurricane, and performs other magic feats which unnerve the criminals. A kind of juvenile, watered down Rosemary's Baby, full of witchery and lacking a plot.

Sarah Law Kennerly, in her review of "Mystery of the Witch Who Wouldn't," in School Library Journal, an appendix to Library Journal (reprinted from the December, 1969 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1969). Vol. 16, No. 4, December, 1969, p. 64.