The House That Witchy Built

The House That Witchy Built

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by Dianne De Las Casas, Holly Stone-Barker
     
 

Told through repetition and rhythm, this Halloween tale invites children to participate in the fun. Cats meow, skeletons rattle, bats flap, and a mom fusses at a picky little boy-all in Witchy's creaky old house. Throughout the story, other spooky creatures come out to play! Finely detailed cut-paper and collage illustrations complete this frightful fable.See more details below

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Overview

Told through repetition and rhythm, this Halloween tale invites children to participate in the fun. Cats meow, skeletons rattle, bats flap, and a mom fusses at a picky little boy-all in Witchy's creaky old house. Throughout the story, other spooky creatures come out to play! Finely detailed cut-paper and collage illustrations complete this frightful fable.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—"Creak, Creak." Here lies the haunted house version of "The House That Jack Built." Cumulative verses and onomatopoeia build on a lighthearted Halloween theme (the sound of each object or character is represented in text next to its image) while a collection of cut- and torn-paper collages and variation of colorful fonts create textured and detailed cartoons. Readers may simply search for the smiling spider on each page or follow the tombstones for a bit of graveside humor, e.g., "RIP—Imma Star, who lived life with a sparkle." Repetition of each verse—a creaking house, black spider, booing ghost, flapping bat, rolling pumpkin, rattling skeleton, and a genial green witch (warts included)—completes the usual list of spooky images accompanying an adventure shared by a boy (with finger in nose), a scolding mom, and an affectionate dad. An additional purchase with a solid language-arts connection for libraries in need of seasonal fare.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews

Can a picture book inspired by "The House that Jack Built" do anything new? Storyteller de las Casas gives it her all in converting one of her favorite stories to the printed page.

Pairing sound effects or movements to each introduced line of text results in a lively, interactive experience that begs any audience to join the fun. Beginning with "This is the house (creak, creak) / That Witchy built (clap, clap, clap, clap)," it will soon have readers meowing with a cat, flapping with the bat, booing with a ghost and rattling like a skeleton. It all makes sense until the pumpkin rolls in and the parentheses prompt a "(yum, yum)," but readers will cruise right along anyway. A boy is introduced with "(yuck, yuck)" because he is picking his nose, poor mom wags her finger as she says "(no, no)" and dad plants a "(smooch, smooch)" on mom. The finale "...is the / witch (cackle, cackle) / That spooked / them all / (cackle, cackle)." The collage illustrations are truly impressive. Stone-Barker manipulates various papers to create palpable textures for the house's roof, swishy broom, furry cat and transparent ghost. One quibble—on several pages there are headstones with clever epitaphs, but the same ones are repeated, losing an opportunity to inject further humor into the romp. That aside, Witchy definitely rocks this house!

Use to get the (Halloween) party started.(Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589809659
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/07/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

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