Not Just a Witchby Eva Ibbotson, Kevin Hawkes
Hectate Tenbury-Smith can turn people into animals, and create new animals out of thin air. She’s an animal witch, and a recent graduate of a school for good witches. Determined to make the world a better place, Heckie befriends a boy named Daniel, and informs him of her mission to do good by turning bad people into animals. Together, Heckie and Daniel… See more details below
Hectate Tenbury-Smith can turn people into animals, and create new animals out of thin air. She’s an animal witch, and a recent graduate of a school for good witches. Determined to make the world a better place, Heckie befriends a boy named Daniel, and informs him of her mission to do good by turning bad people into animals. Together, Heckie and Daniel perform many a good deed, such as turning the mean owner of a nursing home into a warthog. But then Heckie falls in love with the conniving Lionel Knacksap. Can Daniel foil Lionel’s evil plans and save Heckie from a broken heart?
The Secret of Platform 13 and Which Witch? author Eva Ibbotson tells a magical tale about a do-gooder witch who gets involved with the wrong guy.
Heckie is a young, kindly witch with a remarkable ability: She can change anything into an animal. So when she meets a boy, Daniel, after graduating from a good witch school, Heckie and her pal set out to eliminate the world of bad people by changing them into critters. After Heckie conjures up a friendly dragon who reacts to evildoers and transforms a nasty nursing home owner into a warthog, she meets a furrier (Lionel Knacksap) who suspiciously asks for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately, Heckie doesn't realize that her fiancé is only out for snow leopard pelts, but she reunites with a long-lost witch friend, and her two buddies -- along with some other witches -- help Heckie get back on a good track.
An Ibbotson story with many bewitchingly funny elements, Not Just a Witch will appeal to fans while finding its place on the shelves of Roald Dahl and Bruce Coville readers. A fun follow-up after reading Platform 13 and the author's other fantastic bestsellers. Matt Warner
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Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (21 January 1925 - 20 October 2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 9-11 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner up for the Guardian Prize, and made the Carnegie, Whitbread, and Blue Peter shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Prize at the time of her death. Her last book, The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.
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Wellbridge is the type of town that has good, bad, rich, selfish, and unselfish people. Did I include witches? Heckie is a tall, thin witch. She is an animal witch, which is the type of witch that can turn people into animals. Even when she was a baby she could give you black fur! When Heckie was a child she was enrolled in a school for witches--good witches. She there befriended a girl called Dora. Dora could turn anything into stone. She is short and tough. She was also the champion at netball. Graduation came and these witches moved to different places. Heckie moved to Wellbridge and befriended a boy, Daniel. He was the first one to know that Heckie was a witch. She meant to do well, to make the world a better place.
I loved this book! It was both hilarious and crazy at the same time! It reminded me of Roald Dahl¿s book The Witches. The Witches was the exact opposite, because in The Witches, the witches want to turn every child in London into a mouse! The witches in Not Just a Witch are thoughtful and kind. This book is a wonderful story of friendship and selflessness. I would definitely recommend this book to grades 4 and up.
Some of Ms.Ibbotson¿s marvelous books include: Island of the Aunts, The Secret of Platform 13, Which Witch, Dragonfly Pool, and Not Just a Witch. I¿m in the middle of Dragonfly Pool and it is my absolute favorite book so far!
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, Austria in 1922. She has three sons and one daughter. As you can see, I really, really love Eva Ibbotson¿s books. They are very fun and exciting.
This book is definintely recommended for people who are commited with humor and fantasies. A particular quote that caught my eye was, 'They were powerless.' I think that it was a very gripping quote. It was said when Hectate and her friend, Dora (who is a witch who can turn anything into stone), were unable to use their magic. It explains what they felt in one phrase. One of the high points in the book was when the dragworm (half dragon, half worm) that Hectate created started talking to her. She had thought that he was unable to talk, but found out later on in the book, that he was able to talk. This was very unexpected, yet a scream, because Hectate nearly jumped out of her skin when she saw- or heard- the dragworm talk to her. Also, another high point of the book was when Hectate's witch friends thrusted massive vegetables onto the demented Lionel Knacksap's head. Frieda Fennel was the witch who was able to grow vegetables and make them into an unnatural size. I thought that this book was a four because even though the fact that Hectate used her toe and knuckle to cast magic spells was cool, it was still sort of gross. On the cover of the book, it showed her big toe glowing, but it was also blood red. That was a very disgusting sight to see... But besides that disturbing fact, the book, overall, was pretty good. It had bits of humor in it, and I couldn't put it down, eager to read what happened next. The book was very amusing and unexpected. Not Just a Witch has a very good plot, and is truly a sensational book. i recommand this book for anyone who is interested in witches with a bit of humor thrown in.
Eva Ibbotson has a tendency to overdue the plots in her books. However, in this book that has vanished, and been replaced with a plot that dosen't overdue things, but still keeps readers hanging. Funny and interresting. A very good read.
Eva Ibbotson has hit a home run with Not Just A Witch. The characters are laugh out loud funny and leave a lasting impression on the reader. The mystery is a never ending surprise and students love to guess what is coming next. My 5th grade classroom has chosen this their favorite read -a loud of the year.
I love the style of Eva Ibbotson, and so do my students. They love when I read these stories out loud to them. I think these tales are enjoyable for adults and children alike. This story is similar to Which Witch, in that there are good witches who are trying to do good things, and mayhem is the result. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves magical tales!