Which Way to Witch School?

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Miss Thornapple's school is not like most other schools—it's a school for little witches! Little witches must learn how magic broomsticks fly and how to whip up their own potions. And what's served for dinner in the dining hall? Gooey eyeballs! There's no telling what might happen at Miss Thornapple's school. But one thing is for sure: Even young witches have lessons to learn.

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Overview

Miss Thornapple's school is not like most other schools—it's a school for little witches! Little witches must learn how magic broomsticks fly and how to whip up their own potions. And what's served for dinner in the dining hall? Gooey eyeballs! There's no telling what might happen at Miss Thornapple's school. But one thing is for sure: Even young witches have lessons to learn.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Santoro transports readers (via flying bus) to Miss Thornapple’s school, following a group of young witches through a year’s worth of classes. This rhyming tale is anything but frightening--even scenes filled with cobwebs and lightning are brightened by color and smiling girls in matching school uniforms (including pointy hats). Santoro often stretches to make his rhymes work (“Sometimes they explore the haunted old forest./ It’s creepy enough to delight any tourist”), though the details of the school, from swimming in a swamp to learning the physics behind broom flight, should tickle readers. Ages 4-7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Every autumn Miss Thornapple welcomes eager young witches to her school to begin a new academic year. They travel on a magical bus which stops at each haunted house to pick up students before flying through the night to Miss Thornapple's School for Proper Young Witches, where a delicious dinner of eyeballs and tentacles awaits them. They take classes in chemistry for learning to mix potions, mathematics and physics to aid them in broom-riding, plus music, drama, and p.e. class in the swamp. With field trips to the haunted forest and plenty of friends for company, the year flies by, and the little witches must return home. Author and illustrator Santoro delivers a lighthearted tale told in rhyming couplets that shares with young readers a friendly cast of witches whose school experiences are both similar and magically different than their own. For adults, the commonalities with characters, settings, and devices from the Harry Potter books will be obvious, especially the bus driven by a ghost. However, for the age of the intended audience, this book could be considered a humorous introduction to the magical world of witches that might develop into an interest in everyone's favorite young wizard when they are a bit older. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
Gr 2—In rhyming couplets, Santoro presents Miss Thornapple's School for Witches. The girls are seen as they prepare for the journey ("Packing is simple,/it's done just like that./The trick is to get all your things in your hat"), travel by flying bus, and then engage in such activities as dining on eyeballs and tentacles, being able to swim in a swamp, and learning the physics behind flying broomsticks. The rhymes often seem forced ("Miss Zorch is their teacher in chemistry class,/which for a witch is important to pass"), making this an awkward read-aloud. Santoro's background as an animator is evident in both the perspectives and in the rather flat quality of the art, which resembles still shots from cartoons. Better stories about witches and about school abound.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060781835
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 983,710
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Santoro isn't sure where he gets the ideas for his books; they usually come out of the blue. But if little witches are casting spells of inspiration, he's decided that's as good an explanation as any. He is the author and illustrator of Farm-Fresh Cats, Isaac the Ice-Cream Truck, and The Little Skyscraper. He also works as a story artist in animated feature films, most recently Flushed Away, Bee Movie, and the upcoming Gnomeo and Juliet.

Scott Santoro isn't sure where he gets the ideas for his books; they usually come out of the blue. But if little witches are casting spells of inspiration, he's decided that's as good an explanation as any. He is the author and illustrator of Farm-Fresh Cats, Isaac the Ice-Cream Truck, and The Little Skyscraper. He also works as a story artist in animated feature films, most recently Flushed Away, Bee Movie, and the upcoming Gnomeo and Juliet.

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    Posted August 20, 2010

    Kids love it

    My daughters love this book! We read it every night...getting ready to start school.

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