Hubble Bubble: The Super-Spooky Fright Night! by Tracey Corderoy is the first installment in the Hubble Bubble series and includes three stories. Pandora is a young witch who spends a lot of time with Granny Crow. Granny is also a witch and loves to use her magic to help. However, her spells do not always go as planned.
In The Super-Spooky Fright Night, Granny Crow and Granny Podmore are helping Pandora create a Halloween party to remember. Granny Podmore is prime and proper while Granny Crow is more free-spirited. Neither granny can agree on how the party should be run. Could Granny Crow’s magic be just what the party needs?
In Teddy Trouble, Granny Crow accompanies Pandora to her friend Nellie’s birthday party at Fluffy Friends. Everyone is having a wonderful time creating their own stuffed bears. But when it’s Pandora’s turn to get her bear stuffed, the machine stops working. Will she ever get to make her own fluffy friend?
In Granny Makes a Splash, Granny Crow assists Pandora’s class with their swimming lessons. While on their way to the pool, the bus gets a flat tire. Granny knows just what to do! A little magic is surly the answer, right? The shenanigans continue when the children reach the pool and discover that Granny’s magic may be running amok. Can Granny reign in the spells before it’s too late?
I absolutely love this book! I was surprised to see three wonderful stories in one amazing collection. Granny Crow’s character is reminiscent of the classic Amelia Bedelia. She also reminds me of bumbling Aunt Clara from one of my favorite television shows, Bewitched. Granny means well, but she has not yet mastered the art of magic.
I also love the names of the characters: Pandora, Granny Crow, Moonbeam (Pandora’s mother). Each name evokes a sense of magic and definitely makes me think of Halloween. The layout of the book is stunning and makes heavy use of the color orange (my favorite!). The words literally pop off of the page. Additionally, I love the intricate details that can be seen throughout the book, such as the tiny spider that hides on every other page corner. This would be a great opportunity for a counting game to see how many spiders the reader can find.
Joe Berger’s illustrations are outstanding. From the spiders on Pandora’s dress to the orange flower earrings that Granny Crow wears, these subtle details make all the difference. Some pages are even illustrated with a black background and white text that add to the spookiness of the illustrations and story.
This is a fantastic read for magic lovers of all ages. Children will laugh at Granny Crow and all of her magical mishaps. I cannot wait to read more from this wonderful series.