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With gentle humor and a touch of magic, Arthur Howard reveals how true friendship sometimes turns up in the most surprising places.

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Inc., Orlando 2001 Softcover Unpaginated. Softcover. Brand new book. JUVENILE LITERATURE. "Chilren will enjoy the preposterous fun and hilarious illustrations, and the grownups ... who read to them will appreciate the fiendishly inverted humor and wordplay." Booklist. (Key Words: Juvenile Literature, Fiction, Pets, Witches). Read more Show Less

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With gentle humor and a touch of magic, Arthur Howard reveals how true friendship sometimes turns up in the most surprising places.

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"Howard . . . uses cute-fierce characters and cobwebby settings in this comical rejection of sugar and spice."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Every page is a delight. Don't miss this one."—School Library Journal (starred review)

Publishers Weekly
Despite her dainty button nose and freckles, Mitzi wears a purple witch's gown and eats skull-shaped Rice Creepies cereal. She needs a frightful pet to match her gothic style. When a fuzzy marmalade kitten appears, Mitzi sighs, "You're simply not creepy enough." But she changes her mind after an evening of prowling, and names her sidekick "Hoodwink." Howard (Cosmo Zooms) uses cute-fierce characters and cobwebby settings in this comical rejection of sugar and spice. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
No self-respecting witch would want a pet that is cute and cuddly. So when Mitzi searches for a pet she wants something that is really, really creepy. At Cackle & Company the lady with a short green nose and long blue teeth had just the thing...a toad named Mumps. Unfortunately, Mumps was only interested in bugs, not Mitzi. She needed a pet who would prowl with her and one with whom she could share her deepest secrets. Bats did not make good pets either and Mitzi was not sure she wanted to try a warthog. All of her creepy relatives have creepy pets and poor Mitzi was getting desperate when an adorable pet found her. Mitzi soon learns that looks are not everything! Even very young children will think Mitzi is cute and so is Hoodwink, her lovable pet. Howard's upbeat prose is coupled with delightful color drawings. 2001, Harcourt, $16.00. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Mitzi is a creepy little kid who flies around on a broomstick, has creepy relatives, and likes creepy things. Naturally, when it is time for a pet, only the creepiest will do. She gets a toad, but he does nothing but eat bugs all day. He is exchanged for two bats, but all they did "was hang around with each other." The lady at the pet shop then suggests warthogs, but they're too wild-eyed and toothy, even for Mitzi. Disconsolately, she flies home to mope. But wait! A kitten appears at the door, and the little witch allows it to stay, supposedly for one night only. "You're simply not creepy enough." It turns out, though, that the adorable little creature is the perfect companion for Mitzi, prowling the attic, watching the creature feature on TV, and telling secrets in the dark. In fact, Mitzi learns that "looks aren't everything" and that Hoodwink is just the right pet. The pictures are perfect for this lively story-lots of fangs and slimy, scaly, weird, and wiggly outlines fill the pages. While the toad and bats are strongly reminiscent of James Stevenson's work at his best and funniest, these illustrations have their own impressive individual character. Every page is a delight. Don't miss this one.-Ruth Semrau, Upshur County Public Library, Gilmer, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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When it's time to choose a pet, a young witch named Mitzi requires something that is definitely not cute or cuddly. Her creepy relatives have appropriately creepy pets, like piranhas and crocodiles, and one so creepy that it cannot be identified. At the pet store, the shop lady with the short green nose and long blue teeth helps her in selecting from an assortment of repulsive creatures. Mitzi brings home a slimy toad and a pair of bats, but they don't participate in her activities or respond to her in any way. The toad just keeps eating bugs and the bats just "hang around with each other." When a kitten appears at her door, she reluctantly invites it in. Though it is "simply not creepy enough" and much too cute, she discovers that it provides true companionship and love. She names the kitten "Hoodwink," in recognition of her surprise at actually loving a pet so adorable. In a nice twist on the homily, she admits that appearances are indeed deceiving. Howard employs simple, child-friendly language that never simpers. His colorful, appealing cartoon illustrations go beyond the text to depict a charming, eccentric little witch doing perfectly ordinary witchlike activities. Mitzi may be a witch, but she is entirely non-threatening. She eats "Rice Creepies" for breakfast, travels to the pet store by broomstick, reads "Vulture Culture" with great interest, and wears slippers that look surprisingly like the Tasmanian Devil. These illustrations enhance and enrich an amusing story that is sure to please. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152053864
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ARTHUR HOWARD is the illustrator of the popular Mr. Putter & Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant as well as five picture books of his own, including The Hubbub Above. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Very cute story.

    My nieces and I really love this story, they want me to read it every time they come over. We lost this book during a move and I was delighted to find it again. It took me forever to find it because for the life of me, I could not remember the title and certainly not the author. The illustrations are very cute and not scary at all and the story is engrossing.

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