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City Witch, Country Switch
     

City Witch, Country Switch

by Wendy Wax, Scott Gibala-Broxholm (Illustrator)
 

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Mitzi is a city witch—she likes pizza and plays, crowded subways and noisy streets. Muffletump is a country witch—she prefers hayrides and fresh air, pumpkin picking and her pet snake. When the cousins visit each other, their differences come between them. How can they solve their problem? With a spell, of course! But finding the right one isn't so easy

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Mitzi is a city witch—she likes pizza and plays, crowded subways and noisy streets. Muffletump is a country witch—she prefers hayrides and fresh air, pumpkin picking and her pet snake. When the cousins visit each other, their differences come between them. How can they solve their problem? With a spell, of course! But finding the right one isn't so easy. The rhyming text makes this a wonderful read-aloud, while the vibrant watercolor and colored-pencil artwork contains fantastically funny details for kids to pore over.

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Horn Book Guide
City witch Mitzi and her country cousin Muffletump try out each others' worlds. Silly magic (e.g., turning a bus into a hayride and a pond into a bubble bath) helps them feel more at home, but only when a special spell is cast can the dissimilar though loving cousins harmonize. Funny details are tucked within the cheerfully busy watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations.
Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Kinfolk, united by profession but separated by distance, meet for the first time one night in the city witch's home. Hostess Mitzi is delighted to greet her guest, country cousin and fellow witch Muffletump. But lifestyles clash almost immediately when Muffletump develops insomnia due to the city noises. A spell solves the problem: She fills the room with sheep that help her to sleep. Yet Muffletump does not adapt to city life; instead, she changes the city to suit her. When difficulties persist, she says good-bye and flies off home. Mitzi decides to accompany her cousin. The same difficulties arise during the city witch's country visit, but this time it is Mitzi who changes the surroundings to suit her. Neither witch can be happy in the other's home. Yet they want to enjoy each other's company. What are they to do? The cousins simultaneously arrive at an ingenious solution. Soon, they are settled into side-by-side living that doesn't cramp either's style. The watercolor illustrations add to the story's whimsy and provide details in an entertaining visual subtext. This picture book could be used in a preschool or early elementary classroom to initiate discussions about differences, cooperation, adaptation, problem-solving, and getting along. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

A rhyming story based on "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse." Mitzi is a city witch who returns home one night to an unexpected visitor, her country cousin, Muffletump, whom she has never met. Muffletump finds the city too noisy, crowded, and polluted, so she casts a few spells to make things more to her liking. When she decides it is time to head back to her country tree house, Mitzi tags along, and needs a few spells of her own to survive without her urban comforts. Finally, Mitzi returns to her city haunts and the cousins realize that they miss each other. They cast a final spell that allows them to be neighbors without sacrificing what makes them happy. Readers will enjoy the situation-changing spells. The illustrations are full of humor (some of which will be appreciated only by adults), including the wordplay built into the storefronts and signs. Libraries interested in fractured tales or nontraditional retellings may want to consider this one.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

Kirkus Reviews
When country-cousin Muffletump shows up on Mitzi's urban doorstep, the two witches are thrilled finally to meet. But very quickly, Muffletump finds herself less than charmed with the hustle and bustle of city life, casting sweet-sounding spells to make herself more at home: "TWINKLY-WINKLY!" she cries to summon sheep to help her sleep. Likewise, when Mitzi ventures into Muffletump's woods, she finds rustic living more than she can bear. Can the two find a way to be happy together? The old city-mouse-country-mouse chestnut wears thin, particularly under the forced rhyme, but readers will enjoy the details of Gibala-Broxholm's illustrations, which make the most of the absurd situations. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477816769
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
07/23/2013
Pages:
42
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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