Saturday, September 28, 2013

No Such Thing as a Witch by Ruth Chew –ADVISABLE

Winters, Ben and Illustrated by Watkins, Adam Literally Disturbed: Tales to keep you up at Night 128 pgs. Random House Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition, 2013. $12.21.  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

When an odd woman who loves animals moves in next door to Nora and Tad, they are curious. This woman, Maggie, makes amazing fudge, and soon the kids find out that its magical. They find themselves caught up in some dangerous magic when they discover that eating one too many pieces has some serious consequences. The kids must decide if Maggie is a good witch or a bad witch.

This re-release is fantastic. Although there is much love for Ruth Chews own illustrations, I am so glad they updated the cover art. I loved these books when I was a child and they still read very modern. I like that the brother and sister work as a team, are creative, and brave. I think students will love this book! I hope they are re-releasing more in this new format, because students will be asking for more.

EL(K-3), EL – ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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