Witch Mama

Witch Mama

by Caseley
     
 

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Halloween is here and Mickey is a little nervous. In this funny tale of the spookiest night of the year, Judith Caseley proves that she is right on target where children are concerned. And young readers will welcome the return of Jenna and Mickey, the young stars of Mama, Coming and Going. Full-color illustrations.  See more details below

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Halloween is here and Mickey is a little nervous. In this funny tale of the spookiest night of the year, Judith Caseley proves that she is right on target where children are concerned. And young readers will welcome the return of Jenna and Mickey, the young stars of Mama, Coming and Going. Full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When the aliens invade, this book will tell them all they need to know about the holiday called Halloween. For earthlings, though, this is a rather dull march through a typical Halloween. Jenna helps her little brother Mickey overcome his nervousness as they dress up, trick-or-treat and go to the school carnival. Caseley's (Slumber Party!) watercolor, pencil and pen illustrations are chipper enough, but fail to breathe any atmosphere into the lifeless plot. Ages 4-up. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Jenna's Halloween birthday calls for a very special celebration, starting with breakfast of oats in mud (cereal in chocolate milk) and ending with a round of trick-or-treating and a super-scary party at school. Jenna's little brother Mickey cringes when he sees bats flying around the Haunted Hallway, a bandaged mummy, a white-faced ghoul, and a Frankenstein monster, but the girl reassures him that they are really familiar figures in disguise. The final surprise is their own mother, whose voice coming from a coffin terrifies the boy until he recognizes her pumpkin earrings. Quirky illustrations of ghoulish shapes add to the fun and gentle scariness of the story, which is right on target for picture-book audiences.Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Jenna was born on Halloween; her mother was dressed up as a witch when she went into labor. Now she delights Jenna by pretending to be a cackling Witch Mama every Halloween. Mickey, Jenna's younger brother, doesn't like the game. When Mama cackles he says, "No." When she tries to make him up for trick-or- treating he says, "No." When Jenna takes him to the haunted house he says, "No." Like most preschoolers, he adapts, and comes to love Witch Mama in the end.

Brightly colored illustrations capture the Halloween action as it might be experienced in a small town. The plotting gets a little amorphous, with most of the scenes equally weighted and lacking in direction and suspense: a flashback to explain the Witch Mama's origins, a breakfast scene, dressing up after school, trick-or- treating in the neighborhood, a Happy Birthday scene (with candles in four candy bars, this also seems to be the dinner scene), walking to school with all the other costumed children, and finally, school, for a Halloween party. Caseley (Slumber Party!, p. 293, etc.) uncharacteristically loads the text with explanations, leaving readers without the satisfaction of finding clues in the artwork themselves. The book becomes more of a primer on celebrating Halloween than a story about the Witch Mama.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688144579
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/19/1996
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.35(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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