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Children's Fiction Fantasy & Magic

Crimson Twill: Witch in the City

by (author) Kallie George

illustrated by Birgitta Sif

Candlewick Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2022
Fantasy & Magic, Clothing & Dress, City & Town Life
Recommended Age
7 to 9
Recommended Grade
2 to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2022
    List Price

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A little witch with a penchant for bright colors and bows has a surprising big-city shopping adventure in the first book of an illustrated series filled with offbeat charm.

Crimson Twill is a little witch, but you might not know it. She lives in the country and loves polka dots and puppies instead of pointy shoes and black dresses. She even wears a big bow on her hat—which is crimson, just like her name. Tonight, for the very first time, Crimson is riding on her mother’s broom all the way to New Wart City to go shopping at Broomingdale’s! The huge department store has everything a witch could itch for. For Crimson, each floor (hats! cats! brooms!) is a new adventure. But is Broomingdale’s ready for a witch as unique as Crimson? A rich and playful new world comes to life in the first book of this charming series.

About the authors

KALLIE GEORGE works as an author and editor in Vancouver, and she holds a master's in children's literature from the University of British Columbia. In addition to writing and editing, Kallie is a speaker and leads workshops for aspiring writers. She finds all eggs enchanting, even ordinary ones.


ALEXANDRA BOIGER grew up in Munich, Germany, where she studied graphic design, and then began a career in feature animation, allowing her to work for Warner Bros. UK and DreamWorks. Since transitioning to children's book illustration, she has worked on numerous popular titles, including the Tallulah series. She lives with her husband and daughter in northern California.


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Editorial Reviews

The narration’s great humor throughout—featuring puns and wordplay—doesn’t undermine the earnest, wholesome sincerity of Crimson as she navigates the world on her own bighearted terms. . . .. A bewitching series opener.
—Kirkus Reviews

This sweet and charming book is full of fun, witchy details, like frog-eye pie and "Vera Fang" fashions, as well as whimsical illustrations. George uses humor and clever puns to interweave the themes of friendship and finding a place to fit in.

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