Louanne Pig in Witch Ladyby Nancy Carlson
Louanne is sure her goose is cooked when she is caught by the witch lady who lives in the hosue on the hill. Full-color illustrations.
Publishers WeeklyA popular porker returns in Louanne Pig in Witch Lady by Nancy Carlson, which teaches kids that looks (even scary ones) can be deceiving. After she sprains her ankle in the yard of the reputed local witch, Louanne is sure she will be eaten. But instead the old woman nurses her foot and offers her cookies; Louanne decides the woman is not so scary-just someone in need of a friend. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn SutoriusLouanne Pig returns in this reprint of a Nancy Carlson favorite. Louanne, along with her pals Harriet, George, and Ralph, have put together the "facts" and determined that the old neighbor dog is a bona fide witch. The kids prove their bravery to one another by bolting across her lawn without getting caught. That is until one day during a sprint Louanne twists her hoof. Her friends are not so brave when the old witch appears and scolds them. Louanne resigns herself to her fate and is carried into the witch's house. She is pleasantly surprised to find that not only is the old witch not going to eat her, but that she is also a very kind woman and a good friend. Louanne learns an important lesson about appearances and she feels braver than ever when she returns to her friends. Carlson's sparse text is heightened by her drawings, making this a great selection for younger children. Characters from Nancy's Neighborhood will feel like long time friends, even if this is their first Carlson book. This is a great choice for a library looking to bulk up its holiday section or for those creating booklists on community or peer pressure.
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 3 Carlson has taken a common childhood fear of the local ``spooky'' house and turned it into a humorous story with a believable ending. Louanne Pig and her friends decide to investigate a house they are sure belongs to a witch. They are terrified by the sounds they hear from inside and run away. Alas, poor Louanne sprains her ankle and is left to confront the ``Witch.'' The witch turns out to be a friendly, lonely old lady (a dog) who befriends Louanne. Her friends marvel at Louanne's bravery and, with a knowing smile, she tells them she will go back to the house the next day. The clear, three-quarter page color illustrations show a great deal of humor and combine with the simple text for an appropriate non-threatening ``witch'' story for preschoolers as well as one that early elementary school children will identify with and have fun reading on their own. Louise M. Zuckerman, San Francisco Public Library
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