Did you know that a medium-size group of witches is known (among witches, that is) as a ‘woggle’ of witches? I learned that little bit of witchy inside info in grade school, where I was introduced to Adrienne Adams.
Adams was a teacher and children’s book illustrator from Oklahoma. Her charming illustrations graced many well-loved books of the time. As a kid who loved the spooky and mysterious, the cover alone was enough to get my attention.
While primarily an illustrator, Adams authored and had published six of her own books, which she also illustrated. A Woggle of Witches is one of those books where she pulled double-duty.
Published in 1971, the book turns 50 this year. (Oh! My! Lanta! where does the time go?) As a child, I checked this book out of the school library more times than I can count, and I still love to revisit it.
The original edition was a cloth-covered hardback, not yet in our collection, so this board book version will have to do for now.
However, in our collection is our own woggle of witches who, unlike Adam’s witches that reside in the forest, live in the cabinet in the office.
We called them together for a photoshoot – noisemakers, candy containers, blow mold, and novelties. A quick tally of the witches tells me we have enough for a woggle. What do you think?
Oh, to be sitting cross-legged on the school library floor, flying with witches to the moon, and sleeping in hammocks in the trees. It was a great time to be a kid.