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Children's Fiction Dogs

Hocus and Pocus and the Spell for Home

by (author) A.R. Capetta

illustrated by Charlene Chua

Candlewick Press
Initial publish date
May 2024
Dogs, Alternative Family, Fantasy & Magic
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2024
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2024
    List Price

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From award-winning author A. R. Capetta comes a new first-chapter-book series delivering plenty of puppies, magic, and charm.

Puppies Hocus and Pocus are still waiting to be adopted from the Shelter for Slightly Magical Pets. Even though Hocus can see two minutes into the future and Pocus can turn bad feelings into bubbles (which he eats!), nobody seems to want them. This could be because the two keep causing mischief so they won’t be separated. When Jinx the witch uses a “spell for home” potion to help a color-changing tortoise find his match, the puppies know what to do: sneak both their hairs into the mixture to ensure they get adopted together. But with these two, anything can happen—from a shrinking spell to giant bees! Can the puppies, along with Jinx and her young apprentices—witch Archer (he/him), wizard Ofelia (she/her), and warlock Tam (they/them)—fix the magical mess? And will they finally find a home, maybe even right under their noses? This adorable new series takes readers to a vibrant world full of magic, community, surprises, and welcoming homes.

About the authors

A.R. Capetta's profile page


CHARLENE CHUA a illustré de nombreux livres pour les enfants de tous les âges. Ses illustrations lui ont valu de nombreuses récompenses et les livres qu’elle a illustrés ont été mis en nomination pour USBBY Outstanding International Books, OLA Best Bets, une récompense Shining Willow, et Kirkus Best books. Son premier livre Hug? a été publié en 2020. Elle vit à Hamilton avec son époux.


CHARLENE CHUA has illustrated more than a dozen books, including Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao, The Pencil, and Hug?, and her work has been nominated for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Forest of Reading Awards, the Shining Willow Award, and the First Nation Communities READ Award. Charlene lives in Hamilton, Ontario.



Charlene Chua's profile page

Editorial Reviews

When ebullient, bohemian witch Jinx deposits a litter of stray puppies at the Shelter for Slightly Magical Pets, the establishment’s manager predicts that offers for adoption will quickly follow because they’re all “more than slightly adorable.” But Hocus, who can see two minutes into the future, and Pocus, who can turn bad feelings into edible bubbles, have strong opinions about their fates. . . . The ensuing pages of this rambunctious chapter book by Capetta (The Heartbreak Bakery) see Hocus and Pocus embarking on an adventure that’s both slapstick and heartfelt.
—Publishers Weekly

Stories featuring cute dogs or magic are always popular, and this book will be no exception. . . . The theme of acceptance and belonging is reinforced by the diversity of the apprentices in appearance and gender. . . A first chapter book that combines pets, potions, and a happy ending; perfect for readers who enjoy lighthearted mischief and canine cuddles.
—School Library Journal

This lively chapter book is engaging, with unexpected and entertaining developments. . . . The colorful, cartoonish illustrations add verve and unquestionable cuteness. . . . These magical, mischievous pooches prove irresistible.
—Kirkus Reviews

Chua's eye-catching and aesthetically drawn illustrations enhance the storytelling. . . Kids who like stories about magical worlds where anything is possible will appreciate this eight chapter adventure filled with endearing moments and valuable lessons of friendship and belonging.

If your young reader loves the enchanting hijinks of The Princess in Black, introduce them to this illustrated chapter book about Hocus and Pocus. . . . My family read this story together in one sitting, laughing at the inevitable magical messes, enjoying the slew of colorful, joy-filled illustrations, and looking forward to the next book in the series.

Adorable. . . . This is so much fun, and I love the diverse range of pronouns used by characters.
—Book Riot

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