Greta's Revenge: More Alice And Greta

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Steve Simmons and Cyd Moore's hit picture book Alice and Greta introduced two witches with very different views of the world: Alice, who uses her magic to help others, and Greta, who is always conjuring up trouble. In Greta's Revenge, Alice has foiled one of Greta's nasty schemes — and Greta wants to get even. She casts a spell that makes Alice do mean things. But Greta has forgotten the most important lesson of witch school, the Brewmerang Principle: "Whatever you chant, whatever you brew, sooner or later it ...
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Overview

Steve Simmons and Cyd Moore's hit picture book Alice and Greta introduced two witches with very different views of the world: Alice, who uses her magic to help others, and Greta, who is always conjuring up trouble. In Greta's Revenge, Alice has foiled one of Greta's nasty schemes — and Greta wants to get even. She casts a spell that makes Alice do mean things. But Greta has forgotten the most important lesson of witch school, the Brewmerang Principle: "Whatever you chant, whatever you brew, sooner or later it comes back to you!" Soon Greta is doing nice things for people. Luckily for both witches, the spell wears off — but not before Greta has learned a little bit about the value of kindness. Ebullient illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of this clever, accessible, and satisfying tale that's eminently suited for Halloween — and beyond.

Greta, a witch who enjoys playing nasty tricks on people, tries to make the kind witch Alice just like her, but the spell backfires.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This sequel improves on Simmons and Moore's rather monochromatic portraits of the two protagonists from Alice and Greta by admitting that even good witches have off days, while bad ones can behave, however reluctantly. Grumpy girl-witch Greta, who was trumped by sweet-natured Alice in the original story, has vengeance on her mind: "I will make that pink goody two-shoes do nasty things just like me!" Greta casts her spell, and Alice's pointy pink hat turns "yucky green" and she gets an irresistible urge to spoil parties and picnics. Meanwhile, Greta succumbs to the "Brewmerang Principle," introduced in the earlier book: "Whatever you chant, whatever you brew, sooner or later comes back to you!" Greta "smile[s] at the butterflies and flowers" and rescues a cat from a tree. Luckily, Alice comes to her senses ("I can't wait to help people. That always makes me feel great") and Greta follows suit ("When I start doing nasty things, I'll feel better"). In Moore's watercolor illustrations, the girls exchange understanding glances and grins. True, adorable Alice never suffers for her temporary badness, whereas the conclusion finds Greta dripping with slimy "bug juice." On the other hand, the likable villain shows that she can temper her wicked ways. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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In their second collaboration, Simmons and Moore again delight youngsters with their lighthearted spin on the battle between good and evil. Alice and Greta are two very different witches. Previously, Alice confounded one of Greta's nasty schemes and now Greta is plotting her revenge. As Greta ponders the ultimate justice, she can think of nothing better than to turn the too-nice Alice into a nasty witch like herself. Alice is overtaken by the mean spell and sets about her spiteful deeds, but something odd happens to Greta. Suddenly she wants to be nice like the former Alice. When Greta cast her spell, she forgot the important lesson taught at witch school, the Brewmerang Principle¾"Whatever you chant, whatever you brew, sooner or later comes back to you." As the spells begin to fade, Greta and Alice are returned to their former states of nasty and nice. Greta and Alice teach two very good lessons: that what you do comes back to you, and that even the nastiest person can perform good deeds if she wants. For those lessons alone, this book is a great read for young and old. Included are two pages of fun activities to do after enjoying the comical story. 1999, Dragonfly Books. Ages 3 up. Reviewer: Trina Heidt
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K-Gr 2-In this sequel to Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches (Charlesbridge, 1997), the nasty sorceress plots to settle a score with Alice, the good witch. The worst curse Greta can conjure up is to "make this witch become like me!" so that instead of using magic to help people, Alice will get pleasure from performing diabolical deeds. Failing to remember the "Brewmerang Principle"-"Whatever you chant, whatever you brew, sooner or later comes back to you!"-Greta gradually turns from a bad witch to a good one. However, the spells eventually diminish, both witches return to the way they were, and Greta soon finds herself the target of her own mischievous magic. Abundant, expressive watercolor illustrations and curses highlighted in scratchy typeface do little to help this didactic tale with a plot that is almost the same as that of the first book.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375806858
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.51 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven J. Simmons is the bestselling author of Alice and Greta.

Cyd Moore has received numerous ADDY awards for illustration and design, as well as several American Bookseller Pick of the List citations.

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