Shabby Sunday: No Such Thing as a Witch by Ruth Chew- 1971 -Book Review #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday #RuthChew #Magic

Shabby Sunday


I have a bunch of old vintage books and continue to acquire more. One of my plans when  starting this blog was to do a post every now and then sharing one of my cherished vintage books. I figured there might be other book bloggers out there with some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share.

This meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ is for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use my meme image if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me in this post so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Last time I shared:

The Book of a Thousand Poems

Today’s Shabby Share:

No Such Thing as a Witch by Ruth Chew



Watch out for Maggie Brown — the new next-door neighbor! And beware of Maggie’s homemade fudge!

Maggie is NOT an ordinary person. Her fudge is not ordinary fudge.

One piece of the fudge makes you love animals. If you eat two pieces of fudge you will understand animal language. Three pieces makes you act like an animal. And if you eat four pieces…HELP!”

We found our copy of No Such Thing as a Witch at a used book sale. They had a handful of old Ruth Chew books that looked familiar, and we grabbed them all. Our copy is in good condition for its age. The cover is rough but structurally sound. However, it won’t be long before it needs some tape reinforcement because these are all super thin paperback books. 

This paperback edition was published in 1974 by Scholastic Book Services. The book is short at 112-pages with clear and easy-to-read text, making this a perfect book for young readers. Illustrations are few and far between, but we found it impressive that the author, Ruth Chew, created them herself.

The story begins with Nora and Tad, two siblings that have grown curious about their neighbor next door. She seems friendly enough, and she even invites them over to see her, but Nora knows there is something strange about this woman next door, Maggie Brown.

Nora turned to Tad. “Can’t you see she’s trying to lure you into her house? You don’t know what she’ll do to you in there. Don’t go, Tad.”

“I want to go, Tad said. It’s an adventure. I’m not afraid, even if you are.”

Tad goes inside Maggie Brown’s home, and Nora goes home to start her homework. She cannot stop thinking about Tad. Finally, Nora’s mother instructs her to go next door and bring Tad home for dinner. While Nora visits next door with Maggie Brown, she notices that she loves animals and seems nice. Maggie sends them home with some delicious fudge. Maybe the new neighbor isn’t so bad after all?

When I was young, my favorite stories were fairy tales, myths, and fantasies involving magic just like this one. This is another magical story by Ruth Chew that is hard to resist. My children and I loved reading about the talking animals and the magic fudge and what would come of Tad. It brought on a conversation with my children about how they thought it was dangerous for Tad to enter the neighbor’s house without knowing whether or not she was a safe person. Tad believes he is invincible, while Nora is more cautious with her decisions. Even their mother does not seem concerned about what the kids are doing. We discussed people, and whether or not they are more careless today than they used to be, or the other way around. This was thought-provoking. The characters in this story were interesting enough, and it was satisfying to see Tad learn his lesson in the end. Even though the story gets serious, it’s not too scary, and we thought it was funny afterward.

If you have kids who enjoy stories with magic and adventure, I highly recommend Ruth Chew’s books. Stories like these are fun to read, but they also remind children to problem-solve and to think before making rash decisions. This is a fun story for all ages.

I was browsing around online and noticed that some of Ruth Chew’s books have been reprinted with new fancy covers. I’m unaware whether or not the stories have been modified from the originals, but they kept Ruth Chew’s original illustrations from the looks of the preview. We might check some of these books out later on.

Book Details:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Incorporated (July 1, 1972)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 10 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 – 4
  • Pages: 112
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0590092618
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0590092616

Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm

Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books

Author Didi Oviatt

Sassy Brit@ Alternative-Read

Brittany @ PerfectlyTolerable

Shari @

Jennifer @

Lisa @ Way Too Fantasy

*Please stop by these blogs to check out all of their beautiful shabby shares!*

Thanks for checking out Shabby Sunday! Have you read this book? Do you have any shabby books to share? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

♥️ Mischenko

18 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: No Such Thing as a Witch by Ruth Chew- 1971 -Book Review #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday #RuthChew #Magic

  1. A lovely book that I hadn’t heard of, thanks for sharing. I know I have some old books that I would love to share too, I will take a look when I do my spring cleaning over the next couple of weeks! Happy first day of Spring, Jen! 🐣🐥🐤🐇

    Liked by 1 person

  2. l like this one Jenn. I vaguely remember this one. I like the discussion about going to someone’s house when you don’t really know them. Times were very different 20 or 30 years ago.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: Shabby Sunday: The Big Book of Favorite Horse Stories- 1965 (1985) P.C. Braun & Sam Savitt – Book Review #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday #HorseStories – ReadRantRock&Roll

  4. Pingback: March Wrap-up 2022 – Five-Year Anniversary! #books #bookreviews #music – ReadRantRock&Roll

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s