Meet Pongwiffy! Eureka! Pongwiffy has just conjured an amazing spell, a wall of smell to protect her hovel in a dump site. It's so disgusting that nobody can get near it without her secret magic formula. Now she's ready to organize the best-ever Halloween Bonfire party, featuring a fancy dress parade. Pongwiffy has even persuaded her sometime best friend, Sharkadder, to be a judge. Everything's coming up stinkweed -- until her Broomstick goes missing, then shows up white as a sheet, and practically splinters at the whisper of "Goblin!" Pongwiffy's desperate. What have the Goblins done to Broomstick? Is it contagious? And who's this down-on-his-luck genie lurking around her precious dump? Clearly he's up to no good. It's curtains in the coven for Pongwiffy unless she can pull off a slam-bang parade and outwit the evildoers before everything goes to heck!
Kaye Umansky was born in Plymouth in Devon, England. She went to Teacher's Training College, after which she taught in London primary schools for twelve years, specializing in music and drama. In her spare time, she sang and played keyboards with a semiprofessional soul band. She now writes full time and has written more than twenty-five books of fantasy, fiction, and poetry for children. She draws on traditional folktales and modern urban myths for her inspiration and has a sense of humor that is popular with children of all ages, from five to one hundred and five. She lives in London with her family. Among her most popular books are her hilarious Pongwiffy titles. Pongwiffy, Pongwiffy and the Goblins' Revenge, and Pongwiffy and the Spell of the Year, which won the Nottinghamshire Book Award, are available from Minstrel Books.