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A Very Brave Witch Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): McGhee, Alison, Bliss, Harry (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 068986731X     ISBN-13: 9780689867316
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2011
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Annotation: A young witch describes what she does on Halloween, her favorite holiday.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Halloween; Fiction.
Witches; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2011023336
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 10.50" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 109394
Reading Level: 1.4   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring)
After explaining that witches are actually afraid of humans, a young witch goes in for a closer look. She falls off her broom trying to "trick a tree" and bumps into some Halloween–goers before befriending a girl costumed as a witch. The story is on the slight side, but the watercolor illustrations include playful details, such as a tombstone that reads "Frank N. Stein." Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 August #2)

You might not believe this, but most witches are afraid of humans," a witch girl confides. As her encyclopedic Big Book of Humans indicates, "Humans aren't green like us," and they often dislike flying. Consequently, older witches tremble when she takes a Halloween risk and offers a human girl a broom ride. McGhee and Bliss (previously paired for Countdown to Kindergarten ) take a witty, sideways approach to multicultural crossover; the parental demographic might chuckle at headstones labeled Addams and Joey Ramone. Bliss channels Charles M. Schulz in his voice-bubble dialogue and expressive drawings of children with circular heads, simple mouths and dot-eyes with parentheses-shaped eyelids. Like Michael Rex's Brooms Are for Flying! and David Costello's Here They Come! , this tale demystifies the amiable protagonist and her non-green counterpart alike. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

[Page 204]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Review 2006 August)

K-Gr 2 A friendly young witch describes what she likes most about Halloween. She explains that although most of her kind are afraid of humans, she has done research and concluded that people are not that bad. She plans to visit them this Halloween night as they trick a tree. After boarding her broom, she zooms in a circle, becomes dizzy, and crashes near some trick-or-treaters. She soon discovers that a brave witch and a brave human girl dressed as a witch are not so very different. As the book ends, the two new friends share a moonlit broomstick ride. The chatty text appears in dialogue balloons. Done in black ink and watercolor, the cartoon artwork captures the holiday's spirit with crisp fall colors and amusing details. Busy witches decorate their creepy-looking mansion by hanging skeletons, un-caging bats, and sprinkling spiders out the windows. In the Sub-Basement Costume Unit, a seamstress is hard at work sewing a monster paw; costumes line the walls (Frankenstein, a space creature, etc.); and politician masks share space with a jar full of eyeballs. Both childrenone green and one notare appealing, and the witch's orange cat, with its expressive features, adds to the fun. A humorous, not-scary-at-all read-aloud.Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL

[Page 93]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
 
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