Book of Spells
From the outside, the Book of Spells doesn't look like much, just an old leather black book.
But it is a really special book. Heidi's grandmother gave it to her. She was a witch, too, just like Heidi's mother and Aunt Trudy. It is full of magical recipes, like a spell for making someone forget. (Here's a hint: You need a puppy tooth for that one.)
*All spells and magical recipes are fictional and not intended for actual use.
Just Add Glitter
“Let’s face it, things are just better with glitter! Shoes, t-shirts, pens, books, posters, forks, spoons. Yes, forks and spoons! I have a really cool spell that makes utensils fancy, and the special ingredient just so happens to be… glitter! This is probably one of my favorite spells. It’s called Fancy Utensils, and I’m happy to share it with you!
Are your forks and knives plain and boring? Do your serving spoons need pizzazz? Could your writing utensils use some razzle-dazzle? Then this is the spell for you!
2 dashes of glitter
2 cups of fruit punch
1 ice cube
Mix the ingredients together in a shallow baking pan. Completely cover the utensil with the mix. Hold your Witches of Westwick medallion in one hand and place the other over the pan. Chant the following spell:
Zip, zap, zing!
Give this (name of utensil)
Lights and bling!
Note: if you want your utensil to have a fruity scent, add this chant to your spell:
Shazoo! Shazee! Shazell!
Give this (name of utensil) a fruity smell!
If you could make anything you own sparkle with glitter, what would it be?
Hi from Heidi
I wish I had time to respond to all of your messages, but I am up to my ears in homework! Ugh! (I hope you did all of your homework before writing to me, or you're going to be up to your ears in it, too!)
I love love love hearing from you, so thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! Even if I don't respond, please know that I read every single one.
Winter Time Treats
Brrrr it’s cold! Sometimes when it’s cold and snowy out, I like to stay inside and bake up a warm batch of cookies with my parents. And! There is a spell in my Book of Spells to turn any cookies into an even more exciting magical batch! It’s called The Cookie Charm. Do you want to learn it?
The Cookie Charm
Are your cookies ho-hum?
Do they have the look and feel of a hockey puck?
Are you the kind of witch who burns your cookies to a crisp?
Then this is the spell for you!
Your baked cookies
Your favorite additional cookie ingredients
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
A dash of nutmeg
Put your baked cookies in an empty container. Add the vegetable oil, vanilla, nutmeg, and favorite cookie ingredients. Hold you Witches of Westwick medallion in your left hand.
Place your right hand over the mix. Chant the following words:
With this potion.
My plan goes into motion.
Soon you will eat.
A super-tasty treat!
Cover and let sit for 12 hours. Enjoy!
If you could do magic, what additional cookie ingredient would you add to your next homemade batch of cookies?
*Remember to never practice a spell at home without parental supervision!
A New Year!
Happy New Year!
I love new things!
New things big or small can be really fun and cool to explore.
New years, new ideas, new inventions, new spells, new pens!
Bruce already has a new invention this year that he can’t wait to show Lucy and me.His new invention is called the Bicker Picker-Upper. He says it’s like a robot arm that helps him pick up his room. So cool!
Lucy has this new pen she brought to school this week.
It’s pink and glittery and shaped like a lollipop. And it lights up when you write with it! But it doesn’t just look like a really pretty lollipop, it also smells like strawberries! Also SO COOL! I really really want one just like it.
As for me, I bet there are new spells waiting for me to try soon…
What new things are you excited about this year?
How To Avoid Getting Sick
Drink Orange Juice
Drink “The Aunt Trudy Special.” That’s half a cup of honey & half a cup of apple cider vinegar. (Best to plug your nose while drinking.)
A Good Night’s Rest
Well, I tried all these things, but I think it is too late: I have a cold big time. Guess I’ll be spending the next few days sick in bed. Oh wait! Unless there’s a spell to make me better!
Gotta go check my Book of Spells! Be back soon.
So my Aunt Sophie is getting married, and I’m going to be her flower girl! Everyone seems to be really excited about this, and I am too, but don’t they realize this means I have to wear a big poofy dress? I went dress shopping the other day with my mom and it was so weird at first. I’ve never put on so many fancy dresses in my life. I must have tried on at least a million dresses in all different styles and colors! One in strawberry, one in mint, one in cream, and one in this yellow color that made me look like a glass of lemonade. Who knew dress colors could be so tasty?
But just when I thought I couldn’t try even one more dress on, we finally found one that looked really good on me! And since my mom said I could wear my matching striped tights, I’m actually kind of looking forward to walking down the aisle now! If only all the ruffles weren’t so darn itchy…
Want to guess what color my flower girl dress is?
In other news, I’m still looking into the whole Principal Pennypacker being a witch thing. I have an idea about how to find out for sure, so more to come.
The Best Thing About School Is...
I think the best thing about going back to school is...
Wait! I want to hear from YOU!
Instead of me telling you, why don't you tell me! Ok?
So, what's YOUR favorite thing about being back in school?
Tell me, tell me!
My Favorite Things
Here are some of my most favorite things!:
My Book of Spells
My Witches of Westwick medallion
Taste-testing some of Dad’s new sodas
My black-and-white striped tights
The charm bracelet that Mom gave me
Princess Charming by Helen Cranston
Heckelbeck Chocolate Chunk Cookies
My kitty-cat t-shirt
What are some of YOUR favorite things?
Is He, or Isn't He?
Principal Pennypacker sure has a strong nose. He smelled the sage from the spell when he nuzzled Maggie! I got so worried when he said that the brown spot behind her left ear had disappeared. The spell must have gotten rid of it!
But then something weird happened. When I was leaving the principal’s office, I saw a book sticking out of his bag. It looked SO much like my Book of Spells. But why would Principal Pennypacker have a Book of Spells? Unless…. Could Principal Pennypacker be . . . a witch? I’ll have to look into this more. Stay tuned!
The Best Easter Ever!
Last week we found out that one of us would be able to take Maggie, Brewster Elementary’s pet bunny, home for Easter weekend. I couldn’t believe it when Principal Pennypacker pulled my name out of the hat! (And Smell-a-nie couldn’t either!) Dad helped me take her home and we set her up in a corner of the family room. Maggie really wanted to get out of her cage, so I took her out—even though I told Mom and Dad that I wouldn’t. Boy, was THAT a bad idea! She wiggled out of my arms and jumped right into the Easter egg dyes! Maggie went from being a pure white bunny to a tie-dyed one!
I tried to wash out the dye, but that didn’t work. So then I cast a spell from my favorite book. If only I hadn’t used toothpaste with blue speckles in it! Poor Maggie ended up with blue polka dots all over! But Aunt Trudy came to the rescue and fixed everything—with the help of a white chocolate bunny, some sage, lemon juice, and salt. Phew!
Yes! Believe it or not, Stanley and I won the Brewster Elementary School’s Second Grade Science Fair! I thought we were doomed when Henry accidently ate the raisins for our Dancing Raisins project. But Aunt Trudy saved the day! She suggested that we use gumballs instead and gave us some from her purse. Bruce even had extra art supplies to fix our poster board to say Dancing Gumballs. He really was a great partner. Lucy and Charlie’s lemon battery project was a success too! I really thought that they were going to win. If I had to describe Bruce and Melanie’s project in one word it definitely would be disaster. Melanie poured too much vinegar on the volcano, and it exploded all over her and the judges. I actually hugged Stanley when Principal Pennypacker announced us as the winners. The mayor put medals that had pictures of an atom, a microscope, and a beaker around our necks. I still can’t believe our project won! I didn’t even have to use magic to make the gumballs dance. I did try to use magic to find out who was leaving me the mysterious gifts. When I mixed the potion together, Henry came running behind me, and the gooey water spilled everywhere. Bruce gave me one of his new inventions, a lava candy dispenser, after the fair was over, and I was sure he was my secret admirer. But when I told him, he looked really confused. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what my secret admirer does next!
Not-So-Stinky Science Partners
I was really bummed when Mrs. Wellington announced our second-grade science-fair partners. On the bus before school, Bruce and I hoped that we didn’t get paired with Melanie Maplethorpe or her best friend, Stanley Stonewrecker. Of course, the opposite happened. Stanley was my partner and Melanie and Bruce got put together. Lucy got lucky and her partner was Charlie Chen. I had a bad feeling about being partners with Stanley. He was my enemy’s best friend, after all! I felt bad for poor Bruce, being stuck working with Melanie. But when Stanley came to my house to work on the project, he was really nice to my family and helped out with the project. He didn’t even get mad when I wanted to dye the water in the fishbowl purple. Our experiment is actually really cool. It’s called Dancing Raisins. My supersmart dad showed us how to make a chemical reaction with raisins to make them dance. Stanley is bringing a portable music player to the science fair too. What fabulous Dancing Raisin wouldn’t have music to dance to? The last couple of days, I have even been getting surprise notes and treats in my desk and cubby! Maybe this science fair wasn’t the WORST thing in the world after all, and maybe Stanley isn’t as bad as I thought?
Instead of School
Everyday, I ride the bus to school with my friends Bruce and Lucy. We try not to sit near the biggest bully in the fifth grade, Travis Templeton. Sometimes I wish the school bus would take us somewhere totally FUN, instead of snoozefest-school! I wouldn’t have to deal with Meanie Melanie or bring lots of homework home. Bruce, Lucy, and I would have so much fun at the park on a nice day. We could play on the swings and see who could swing the highest or race across the jungle gym to climb the monkey bars. It’s better than going to science class and learning about nature—we would be in it! Another cool place the bus could take us to instead of school would be the aquarium. I would love to watch different animals play underwater and put my hand against the glass to say hello to them. There would be dolphins and fish and turtles and maybe sea lions too! I would have so many fun stories to tell Mom and Dad when they ask me how my day was. Hmm. . . this gives me a new idea. I could ask Mom and Dad to take us there on our next playdate instead. Problem solved!
It sure felt good to surprise everyone at the school talent show with my “hidden” tap-dancing talent! Even Henry said that my act stole the show. Mom and Aunt Trudy were the only people who weren’t surprised. Okay, so maybe I shouldn’t have used magic to make my act awesome. It was so much fun...until the spell wore off onstage. But, the way I just shuffled my way offstage instead of panicking or crying—that surprised even me!
Aunt Trudy pointed out that one of my real talents is getting into trouble. From now on, I’ll be on the lookout for my real talent and I’ll practice it all the time. I’ll rock the talent show next time and do it all on my own, without magic!
Here’s the recipe for the Witches of Westwick Classic Tap Routine Spell, in case you want to use it!
1 cup of root beer
3 tablespoons of cranberry juice
1 teaspoon of sugar
You have to mix the ingredients in a tall drinking cup, like the Disney cup I used, and say this spell: “Fizzy, Fizzy Wizzy! Jazzy, Jazzy Zap! Make this witch an expert—help her learn to tap!”
Do you ever wonder what your parents were like as kids? I never did, until today when Dad found Mom’s old tap dance shoes in our attic. They are so beautiful! They have metal taps on the toes and on the heels and make a clicking noise on the floor. I never had shoes like this before. I can hardly even dance! I almost didn’t believe Dad when he said that Mom was a terrific tap dancer. I tried them on in my room later and they were a perfect fit. After school today, I told Aunt Trudy that Melanie said that I was a weirdo with no talents. Aunt Trudy said that when she was my age, she didn’t know what her talents were either. She figured out what she was special at, but not right away. There was no way that the kid version of Aunt Trudy could know that she would make mail-order perfumes when she grew up. Maybe the kid version of Mom didn’t know she would own her own jewelry-making business either. I guess Mom and Aunt Trudy were kid witches just like me once. If they found their special talents over time, then there is still hope for me, too!
Why I DON’T Need Glasses
Being in the second grade at Brewster Elementary can be tough sometimes. Everyone wants to be cool, especially me. When my friend Lucy got glasses, she became super cool. Everyone paid attention to her, and our art teacher Mr. Doodlebee drew a picture of her! When I saw how cool Lucy looked in glasses, I knew I wanted them too. I even gave my mom a list of Six Great Reasons Why I Needed Glasses:
1. Glasses will make me look smarter!
2. Glasses will help me get more friends!
3. Glasses will help me ready poetry better!
4. I’ll get my picture on the art room bulletin board!
5. Glasses will make me look cool!
6. Glasses will help me see better.
But when I got my black glasses with glitter on the sides, I got an even bigger problem—I couldn’t see anything! I couldn’t read the flavor list at Scoops, the ice cream shop. I walked into Meanie Melanie and my own desk. After a few days with my not-so-cool glasses, it was time to make a new list: Six Great Reasons Why I DON’T Need Glasses:
1. Glasses made me a total klutz—NOT cool!
2. Glasses didn’t get my picture on the art room bulletin board.
3. Glasses were hurting my eyes.
4. I couldn’t read the chalkboard with glasses.
5. My sentences came out slanted and my art pictures looked terrible!
6. I messed up Aunt Trudy’s get-well brew for her parrot, Percy—NOT smart!
I wanted to be cool, but I figured out that nothing is better than being me! I mean, I’m a WITCH, after all! What could be cooler than that? Maybe my brother, Henry, was right—for a minute I became a little bit cuckoo! The only glasses I need are my heart-shaped sunglasses for the beach.
A Glimpse Into Bruce’s Laboratory
My friend Bruce is weird, but the good kind of weird… the kind that I am. We spend lots of time together just hanging out in his basement. But Bruce doesn’t have just any BORING basement; his basement is his own personal laboratory. Bruce has all sorts of cool stuff like computers and robots. He let’s me try out the latest gadgets he’s invented; he even said he’d try to find a white lab coat for me to wear too. I also thought he should get one for his pup Frankie, but we’re not sure if lab coats come in puppy sizes. We hope so though. How adorable would Frankie look in a lab coat?! Awww. I can see it now. I’m so glad Bruce and me are friends. We weirdos have to stick together!
What I Like About Homeschool
My classmates at Brewster Elementary totally don’t know what they are missing out on. Going to school in your own home is the GREATEST THING EVER! Even though going to an actual school isn’t too bad, it doesn’t beat being homeschooled! First of all, you don’t have to stress out about what you’re going to wear to school in the morning. You can just be in your pajamas and slippers all day. Doesn’t that sound comfy?! Putting on real clothes is such a pain. On a scale of 1 to10, the chances of me picking out a fabulous outfit to wear to school while I’m still half-asleep is a negative 5. It’s just facts. Another fantastic thing is that there’s no homework. Seriously! You can do your homework during class time, which gives you loads of time to have some fun! Now when I get home, Mom makes me march up to my room and do my homework before I can do anything enjoyable…like play with my brother Henry or taste-test my dad’s latest soda creation or even practice spells. I mean, how am I supposed to become the bestest witch that ever lived if I don’t have time to work on my spells?! Anyway, the final reason being homeschooled rocks is because there are no bullies. If I were still being homeschooled by my mom, I wouldn’t have to deal with Meanie Melanie ever again. I really wish she were a nicer person. Hmmm…I think I just got an idea for a new spell! Don’t tell my mom though!
Being a witch rocks! Period. There’s a reason why everyone loves reading Harry Potter books and it’s not because of that lightning bolt scar he has on his forehead. It’s because, deep down, what kid wouldn’t want to have magical powers? Fortunately for me, I don’t have to wonder what it would be like. Everyone thinks that having powers means you can use them all the time and get anything you can possibly dream of. And I’m not gonna lie…you pretty much can. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. My Aunt Trudy, who is the greatest Auntie, told me that I shouldn’t turn to magic every time I have a problem. But if she went to school with Meanie Melanie, I’m sure she’d be tempted to use her powers too! Melanie is a pro at getting under people’s skin. However, it turns out my Auntie was right. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Using a spell to make Melanie forget her lines during our school play didn’t make me feel as happy as I thought it would. It actually made me feel bad. Revenge didn’t make-up for all of the awful things Melanie had ever done to me and it definitely didn’t taste sweet. The person who came up with that saying is a big, fat liar! From now on, I vow to only use my powers for good because being a wicked witch doesn’t pay off.
What should I be for Halloween? Better yet, what are you going to be for Halloween?
What My Mom Says...
Want to know what it’s like to be an eight-year-old witch?
You get to make potions and cast spells and stuff.
The only problem is my mom doesn’t think an eight-year-old should practice witchcraft. She says it will only get me in trouble, but I keep telling her, “I don’t get in THAT much trouble! Only a teeny bit.” Mom frowns and says if regular people find out we’re witches, we could get in really BIG trouble. Luckily, my Aunt Trudy, who’s also a witch, lets me work on spells with her. She says it’s okay for me to learn spells in a safe environment. So we work on spells at her house. She only lives a few doors away. Aunt Trudy wants me to learn how to be a responsible witch. My mom wants me to learn how to be a responsible kid first. She says there will be plenty of time to practice being a witch when I’m more grown up. But I feel pretty grown up already, and, besides, I’m pretty sure I can do both.
What do you think?
My Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Here's my recipe for super duper delicious cookies! (No magic needed, but help from a grown-up is definitely recommended.)
2 sticks butter at room temperature
1 C granulated sugar
1 C packed light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs
3 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
12 oz milk chocolate chips
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and light brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the batter.
Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.
Use a 2 ½ to 3-inch ice cream scoop to form cookie mounds. They should be perfectly mounded domes. Refrigerate at least 24 hours. I put them on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap.
Preheat oven on convection to 475 degrees.
Bake 4 minutes in a convection oven. Sometimes I turn them and give them one more minute. Let them cool at least 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
The spell to make Melanie forget her lines was super-duper hard! There were so many hard-to-find ingredients, it was like going on a treasure hunt! Look at the list and try to imagine finding these things:
1 eye of gingerbread man
1 black plastic spider
1 piece of straw
1 teaspoon of salt
2 sour gummy worms
1 puppy tooth
1 tablespoon of catnip
3 spashes of water
Here’s how the spell went:
Oh, special juice,
Let your powers loose!
Help me quickly,
Show me soon the signs.
Make [name of person]
Forget [his or her] lines!
When I reversed it the spell went like this:
Now all is well.
Undo my work
and reverse the spell.
Homeschool to Public School...
My mom used to homeschool my brother and me. It was pretty fun. Sometimes we’d get to have school in our pajamas. We also got to go on at least one field trip a week. We had to put on real clothes for that! Then Mom’s jewelry business began to get busy. Mom and Dad decided it was a good time for us to go to public school. We started Brewster Elementary in the middle of the year. Henry loved it, but I felt like an alien for the whole first month. I didn’t know anybody at first. I didn’t even know how to find the bathroom! To make matters worse that’s when I first met meanie Melanie. To make matters double worse, Melanie got me cast as a scary apple tree in our class play, The Wizard of Oz. That made me SO mad, I decided to cast a spell on her—a spell that would make her forget her lines in the play.
Well, the spell totally worked, but in the end, I had to reverse it. As much as Melanie bugs me, I felt bad making her suffer. I guess I’m a big softy.
It’s me, Heidi! Today my dad and I are going to make chocolate soda, but there’s only one problem. I like milk chocolate, and he likes dark chocolate. Come on! Most kids like milk chocolate. What do you think? I’ll let you know how our chocolate soda experiment turns out later.
Working with my dad is so much fun. Did you know he works for a company called the FIZZ? He’s the head of research and development, which means he gets to invent all the new sodas and candy for his company. The best part is I always get to try my dad’s new inventions. If I don’t like one, he won’t make it! My favorite thing he’s ever invented is a soda pop candy, called Soda Pop Tops. They’re chewy tarts shaped like bottle caps, and they come in five flavors: cherry, grape, orange, lemon, and lime. Do you want to know the worst thing my father ever invented? Taco Cola. Yuck! It tasted like spicy, bubbly soda. I made a super gross-me-out face when I tried it. Dad laughed. We gave it the BIG thumbs-down.
Top 10 Reasons Melanie Bugs Me
Do you have a kid in your class that bugs you? Well, I do! Her name is Melanie Maplethorpe. I call her Princess Smellanie behind her back, because she thinks she’s so great AND she also happens to be the meanest girl on the planet. So today I made up a list of reasons why I don’t like Melanie. Check it out!
Top 10 Reasons Melanie Bugs Me
1.She thinks she’s so cool.
2.She acts like a princess.
3.She has bouncy hair that annoys me.
4.She calls me “weirdo.”
5.She thinks she’s better than everyone.
6.She’s mean and pretty—not fair!
7.She has a not nice way with words.
8.She gives me dirty looks for no reason.
9.She embarrasses me in front of other people.
10.She acts like little Miss Perfect. Barf!
The List of No-Nos for the Book of Spells
Hi, it’s Heidi here! Do you have to follow lots of rules? Me too! And now my mom has made a list of rules for my Book of Spells. It’s called “The List of No-Nos for the Book of Spells.” Can you believe it? I don’t think she wants me to have any fun. I mean, how am I going to become a good witch if I don’t make a few mistakes? Sheesh-kabob!
The List of No-Nos for the Book of Spells
You may not use the Book of Spells to
1. Make your veggies disappear.
2. Turn your brother into your personal slave.
3. Help you win games, like Monopoly and Crazy Eights
4. Do your homework.
5. Play mean jokes.
6. Clean your room.
7. Make people forget important stuff.
8. Get stuff you want, like toys or candy.
9. Teach people lessons.
10. Get back at mean people.
My mom keeps adding new stuff to the list. Help!