Fun and magic combine as usual in this new Mr Majeika story. The pupils in Class 3 at St Barty's School are not impressed when their headteacher imposes strict rules of behaviour for Halloween. Mr Majeika uses a little magic to make the evening memorable but nasty Hamish Bigmore tells the local press and gets the wizard-teacher the sack. School without magic seems rather boring and Mr Majeika doesn't last long in the other jobs he tries. His long-time enemy, Wilhelmina Warlock is clearly behindall the trouble; she and the dreaded Hamish must be defeated before life can return to normal.
Humphrey Carpenter writes for adults and children. Adult titles include: THE OXFORD COMPANION TO CHILDREN'S LITERATURE and many acclaimed biographies, including Tolkein, Auden and Benjamin Britten. He contributes regularly to radio and TV programmeson matters related to the arts and to children's literature. Humphrey Carpenter lives in Oxford.