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The Witch Next Door
     

The Witch Next Door

by Norman Bridwell
 

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Back in print! Norman Bridwell's funny and charming story about appreciating differences.

Someone new has moved into the neighborhood--and she's a witch! Her two young neighbors delight in how she does everything a bit differently from them. She paints her house black, walks her pet dragon around the block, and uses magic to do her shopping and send soup over

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Back in print! Norman Bridwell's funny and charming story about appreciating differences.

Someone new has moved into the neighborhood--and she's a witch! Her two young neighbors delight in how she does everything a bit differently from them. She paints her house black, walks her pet dragon around the block, and uses magic to do her shopping and send soup over to people that are sick. However, some of the older townspeople people are not happy about their new neighbor. What kind of magical surprise does the witch have in store for them?

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Children's Literature - Anne Pechnyo
A witch has moved into the neighborhood! You may not be able to tell at first, but her black hat, green hair, and strange pets are sure to give her away. But unlike most storybook witches, this witch is kind and helpful, and full of wonderful surprises for the children who live next door. She can retrieve kits from trees, make tea and cookies dance on the table, and turn regular lollipops into humungous ones. Birdwell, the creator of the beloved character "Clifford," gives readers a nice story about a thoughtful witch's good deeds. The only part that may give parents and readers pause is the witch's reaction to being told to move by her other neighbors. She gets very angry, and casts a spell on the couple to make them a "handsome young prince and princess." While this is not necessarily an evil spell, it is a reaction to the problem instead of a solution. Birdwell's familiar illustrations add to the text and will keep Clifford lovers engaged in the story. With a witch as the main character, this book has an obvious correlation to Halloween, but can be enjoyed by readers and listeners at any time of year. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545608749
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
846,286
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Norman Bridwell is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including the beloved Clifford series, which has over 126 million copies in print, in 13 languages! He lives in Edgartown, MA with his wife Norma. They have two children, son, Tim, and daughter, Emily Elizabeth.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
February 15, 1928
Place of Birth:
Kokomo, Indiana
Education:
John Herron Art Institute, 1945-49; Cooper Union Art School, 1952-53
Website:
http://www.scholastic.com/clifford

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