Book Review: Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel

Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel

“Wiggle thy toes,” chanted Winifred, “open thine eyes, twist thy fingers toward the sky. Life is sweet, be not shy. On thy feet, so sayeth I!”

─ A.W. Jantha


“I’ve never tasted words before, but these words taste like. . .buttercream frosting.

─ A.W. Jantha

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Book Information

Title: Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel

Author: A.W. Jantha

Publisher: Freeform Books an imprint of Disney Books, New York

ISBN 978-136802003-9

Genre: YA Fiction, Fantasy

Ages: Young Adult

521 pages


Book Summary:

Freshman Max Dennison finds himself moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts near Halloween. Salem is rich with superstition around Halloween, including the popular tale involving real witches, the Sanderson sisters. To make matters even more awkward for Max, the girl he likes, actually believes in all the stories about witches.

In an attempt, to impress his new crush, Max convinces her to join him and his sister Dani on a field trip to the home of the Sanderson witches on Halloween night. The night turns more complicated and dangerous for the trio as the witches are accidently released, and they must stop them from completing their evil plan by sunrise.

Twenty-five years later, history seems to repeat itself as Max and Allison’s daughter, Poppy, finds herself in similar circumstances with the Sanderson sisters and a race against time.

Book Rating   3/5

Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel is based on the popular Halloween classic movie Hocus Pocus released in 1993. The author A.W. Jantha turns the movie screen play into a book, and then continues the story with the addition of a sequel featuring the daughter of Sam and Allision.

I liked how Jantha kept the book very authentically close to the original movie. The addition of the sequel fits the original nicely. The sequel features a new adventure battling the same Sanderson witches, but this time it is Poppy Dennison, who has similar experiences as her father in accidentally bringing them back.

I found the book a good, light read as a fan of Hocus Pocus. My only complaint would be that the beginning of the book based off of the movie screenplay so closely resembled the movie that I tended to skim through the pages trying to get through them.

Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel has been made into a movie partially. As mentioned earlier the beginning of the book is based on the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus. The additional All-New Sequel portion has not been made into a movie.

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