This is a counting book with a darker twist. The witch goes around her ever increasing numbers of friends collecting ingredients – for what? The book is suited to those with a more gruesome taste in their reading, featuring werewolves, vampires, blood and bones, which contrasts nicely with the cheerful rhyme scheme. The numbers (up to ten) are counted through twice which is also good for a bit of reinforcement, and there’s an excellent surprise with a fourth wall break right at the end. I also like how prim and proper the witch appears in comparison with many of her friends.