A Very Brave Witch is my girl’s all-time favorite Scholastic DVD (and we have dozens of ’em). For them, it’s not seasonal viewing. They watch it all year ’round.
As Scholastic is known to do, they’ve re-purposed the fantastic Brave Witch collection as part of a newly assembled, larger box set. It’s been paired with Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are (which also includes other Sendak classics Pierre, Chicken Soup With Rice, and more) and The Teacher From The Black Lagoon, under the title “The Halloween Stories Collection”. With all due respect to Sendak, the stories on the A Very Brave Witch DVD still rule the roost. The Three Robbers, The Witch In The Cherry Tree, & The Three-Legged Cat are not only fun, clever stories, they will also promote the use of a faux British accent around the house! Take it from me, hearing your little kids muttering things like “a cup of tea and a bit of a chin wag” and “Number 7 Cardamon Street” in the Queen’s English is sheer parental delight.
At the time of this review, “The Halloween Stories Collection” is a measly $12 on Amazon – half of it’s original price! That’s 18 stories on 3 DVDs for the price of a single movie ticket at the multiplex. Not too shabby. If you’ve got Amazon Prime service like I do, and have little ones clamouring for more spooky-but-not-scary Halloween-related entertainment, you can’t really go wrong here, and you’ve still got time to have it delivered before the holiday weekend. Although, if your kids end up adoring A Very Brave Witch as much as mine (highly likely), Halloween coming and going will have zero impact on their desire to pop this one into the DVD player.
*A copy of Scholastic’s “The Halloween Stories Collection” was provided to OWTK for review. The opinions above are honest and unbiased. No arm-twisting took place in the review process.