A Very Witchy Spelling Bee

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Cordelia loves to spell in every way: studying spelling and practicing spells. She especially likes to double spell, turning her C-A-T into a new C-O-A-T by zapping it with the letter O. So when she sees a sign for the Witches' Double Spelling Bee, she knows it's meant just for her. Cordelia is determined to W-I-N—but so is the thirteen-time champion Beulah Divine, age two hundred and three. Has Cordelia studied and practiced enough to outspell the...
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Overview


Cordelia loves to spell in every way: studying spelling and practicing spells. She especially likes to double spell, turning her C-A-T into a new C-O-A-T by zapping it with the letter O. So when she sees a sign for the Witches' Double Spelling Bee, she knows it's meant just for her. Cordelia is determined to W-I-N—but so is the thirteen-time champion Beulah Divine, age two hundred and three. Has Cordelia studied and practiced enough to outspell the most fiendish witch at the bee?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Spelling truly is magic in Shannon’s easygoing story about a purple-haired witch named Cordelia who loves spelling words and casting spells (when readers meet her, she turns her C-A-T into a C-O-A-T by adding a letter). After Cordelia enters a spelling bee, the mean-spirited 203-year-old reigning champ, Beulah Divine, vows to defeat the young witch; Cordelia wins by adding the letter R to the word “F-I-E-N-D,” turning her rival into an ally. Fearing’s illustrations add charisma to Shannon’s fun premise by dressing the witches in knitted sweaters and oversize plaids, and milking each magical exchange for everything it’s worth. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Mary Cummings, Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises. Illustrator’s agent: Sean McCarthy, Sheldon Fogelman Agency. (July)
From the Publisher

"Shannon has used clever wordplay and created a downright fun language game. . . Classroom spelling bees will never be the same once young readers get their hands on this title."
School Library Journal

"Shannon and Fearing combine their considerable talents to create a most bewitching tale of self-confidence and perseverance."
Kirkus

"Spelling truly is magic in Shannon's easygoing story about a purple-haired witch named Cordelia who loves spelling words and casting spells."
Publishers Weekly

"It's difficult to make a subject like spelling memorable, but Shannon's text engagingly demonstrates the relationship between words while Fearing's pencil and digital illustrations lend a Saturday-morning-cartoon quality to the characters and the comedic spell-casting action."
The Horn Book Magazine

“Shannon and Fearing turn a spelling lesson into magic.”
USA Today

School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—It is time for The Witches' Double Spelling Bee and young Cordelia decides to enter. After all, "She's studied. She's practiced. She's ready to win." Grumpy returning champ Beulah Divine, at age 203, is not about to let a little girl trounce her winning streak, so she plays dirty, turning Cordelia's ears into pears, and her hair into a chair. Young Cordelia, though, is able to both win and make a friend out of a fiend. With this "spelling spell," Shannon has used clever wordplay and created a downright fun language game. Fearing's quirky penciled cartoon images accompany this battle of the letters, showing green-skinned witches with big eyes and funny smiles. Classroom spelling bees will never be the same once young readers get their hands on this title.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
When young witch Cordelia enters a spelling bee, not only does she need to rely on her skills as an accomplished speller, but she must also use her wits to foil the competition…in the nicest way possible. Cordelia really loves spelling and is quite good at it, but Mama thinks she may be too young to enter the Witches' Double Spelling Bee. The contest is held only once every 10 years, and Cordelia wants to try. "I've studied. I've practiced. I'm ready to win!" Little does Cordelia know that the most recent winner, mean-spirited Beulah Divine, intends to keep her 130-year-long winning streak going. The night of the bee arrives, and the rules are clear. When called, the contestant selects a letter from a bowl, then must "choose something onstage and spell it. Using the letter…picked, cast a spell that transforms what you choose into something new. Spell the new word." Cordelia impresses the crowd by using the "R" she selected to transform a "S-H-O-E into a H-O-R-S-E." At the end, it's down to sweet Cordelia and vicious Beulah. Other witches might be cowed, but Cordelia believes in herself. She pulls out an "R" to zap Beulah, who is a F-I-E-N-D, and change her into a F-R-I-E-N-D. Shannon and Fearing combine their considerable talents to create a most bewitching tale of self-confidence and perseverance. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152066963
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,439,758
  • Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George Shannon began creating stories as a child and is the author of more than thirty-five books for children. He lives in Washington State. http://www.georgewbshannon.comcastbiz.net/

Mark Fearing began his career as a graphic designer and art director before moving into children's book illustration. He lives with his family in Oregon. http://www.markfearing.com/

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