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Truth About Witches, The


Witches have charmed us for years in popular fairy tales. Have you ever wondered what witches look like? What do you think witches use to cast spells? Hop on your broom, and fly through the pages of this book to find out the truth about witches.

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Witches have charmed us for years in popular fairy tales. Have you ever wondered what witches look like? What do you think witches use to cast spells? Hop on your broom, and fly through the pages of this book to find out the truth about witches.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
In this new series focusing on "Fairy Tale Superstars," this volume shines the spotlight on witches who are characteristically depicted as ugly old hags with pointy noses and chins. They have rotten teeth and warts, ride a broomstick, and wear a tall black hat. Familiar wicked witches such as the ones in Snow White and Hansel and Gretel are mentioned but so are some kinder witches such as Strega Nona and Glinda from The Wizard of Oz. Readers will learn about witches' familiars and common spells and charms. Being very contemporary the book also makes mention of the wizards and witches in the "Harry Potter" series. With only one page per topic it is not possible to give much more than a cursory acknowledgement of the facts and information surrounding these fairy tale baddies. The illustrations are suitably dark and the witches scary and ugly. The bordered type-face appears crooked on several pages and this reviewer is not certain if this is intentional. If it is, it is disconcerting. One small quibble, however. The goddess Circe is included and referred to as a modern fairy-tale witch rather than emphasize her role in Greek mythology. Appended is a Fact about Witches sheet, a glossary and index, a bibliography and internet sites. For the price there is not a lot here but it may appeal to emerging readers who can handle the simple text and enjoy the chilling pictures. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404861602
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Fairy-Tale Superstars Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Braun is a strange and handsome man who has written dozens of books for kids and teens, sometimes while wearing a hat. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and sons and gecko. Learn more at

When I was four or five, I was given Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. At that age, I didn't understand the difference between a coloring book and a picture book. I enthusiastically scribbled Crayola circles all over Max and his Wild Things. Then guilt set in. I thought I had ruined the world's only copy of this wondrous book. I resolved to become an artist so I could one day replace the book I had destroyed.
True story.
Some families might discourage a kid who aspires to be an artist. But my grandfather, Donald G. Squier, was a portrait painter–his clients included General Patton and President Taft–so my family was used to dealing with eccentric artsy types. My parents and four brothers were happy to let me spend my childhood drawing monsters, aliens, and prehistoric beasts. I became the star artist of my kindergarten class, due mostly to my prowess at drawing Godzilla.
It wasn't long before I began using my drawings to tell stories. I wrote comic strips for the school newspaper and self-published comic books. In college, my contributions to the campus paper were notorious and led to my first commercial illustration job. This led to more work and, eventually, a career as a designer and illustrator.
I studied graphic design in college but found that illustration was my true calling. I just love to draw. I also enjoy the challenges of illustration: telling a story with flair and clarity and finding a style that satisfies me, my clients and an audience. I even like working within guidelines and deadlines.
Over the years, I've worked in all types of traditional media: crayons, markers, rapidograph pens, letraset screen-tones, pen and ink, brush and ink, colored pencil, watercolor and acrylics. My experience working traditionally, plus years spent working as a graphic designer, has made my transition to digital painting nearly seamless. Today I enjoy working in both traditional and digital media.
So far, my illustrations have appeared in fifteen published books for children. I hope that, somewhere, a kid has scribbled all over one of them.

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