Matter-of-Fact Magic books by Ruth Chew? She wrote a whole whopping slew of books about mischievous witches and magical events happening to the ordinary school kids. The original books were written in the 1960's and 70's, but have been recently re-issued in delightful new paperback copies. I just got Julia 'The Wednesday Witch', as a Halloween treat. I read it when I was a little girl and it is cute, cute, cute. 'The Trouble with Magic' is a book I picked up over the summer - Julia already read it and loved it, but now seems the appropriate time to show off both books.
Ruth Chew's magical books.
In 'The Wednesday Witch', a girl named Mary Jane makes the mistake of playing with her mother's perfume bottle, which contains a scent called Mischief. The scent wafts past the nose of a witch named Hilda, who promptly tries to track down the source of the delightful smell. She arrives on Mary Jane's doorstep, complete with her pet cat and her VACUUM CLEANER. Her vacuum cleaner is named James, and that's her BROOM. The vacuum cleaner.
At the end, it all gets sorted out - everyone finds their way back to their correct size, oh there are also magical roller skates - and Mary Jane has to perform a spell and track down the ingredients, which include macaroni from her daddy's dinner. Oh and she makes witch's brew for Hilda to drink in the dollhouse, made from children's aspirin and orange juice. (don't try this at home kids!)
'The Wednesday Witch' right now. She'll be done with it in two days, but that's ok, I still wanted her to have it. ( 'The Trouble with Magic' is about two kids who find a magician in a bottle, who winds up taking residence in their attic.)
Ruth Chew wrote a ton of books along this theme - 'No Such Thing As a Witch', 'The Witch at the Window', 'The Would-Be Witch', just to name a few. If you yearn for sweetly nostalgic books of kids finding magic in the most ordinary of scenarios, you really need to check some of these out for your kids. More and more, I've come to realize that Julia won't find books like these if left to her own devices. I get that she won't (usually) naturally gravitate towards classics unless I put them in her hand. I'm happy for her to read whatever she comes across on her own, (within reason), but I take it as a personal mission to make sure her childhood is also scattered with books from long ago that aren't always filled with snarky Mean Girl action or YA themes shoved into a book marketed to 3rd graders. That's my little soap box rant. Guess what she's getting for Christmas? 'The Chronicles of Narnia', as a whole set. I'm so excited in advance, I'm pretty much peeing my pants.