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A Job for Wittilda Hardcover – September 6, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

This wacky picture book supports the theory that it often takes some trial and error to locate just the right type of employment--even if you're a witch. When Wittilda--who is fond of spiders, batwing stew and roast newt--finds her kitchen cupboard bare, she realizes that she must get a job in order to feed her 47 cats. A stint at Aunt Bort's Hair Palace doesn't pan out, but an advertisement for a pizza delivery person holds promise. Wittilda puts her brooming skills to good use and after a snag or two she lands the position. Caralyn Buehner's ( The Escape of Marvin the Ape ) creation of a witch with a heart of gold gives her story a comforting tone, while equal dashes of adventure, magic and reality prove a captivating mix. Mark Buehner's (illustrator of The Adventures of Taxi Dog ) sumptuous oil and acrylic paintings exhibit his flair for depicting the play of light and shadow, and for deploying a variety of arresting perspectives. Wittilda's kind smile, cat's-eye glasses and huge bulbous nose give her heaps of personality. Scenes showing bug-eyed felines scanning the want-ads and sitting around the table--napkins tied around necks--for a pizza meal are especially humorous. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-When you're a witch with 47 cats and are down to your last dried rat, it's time to get out the want ads. Wittilda's attempt to work at a beauty shop ends in disaster, so she goes to Dingaling Pizza, where the applicants are told, "'Five pizzas each to deliver. The first one back gets the job!'" Wittilda balances the boxes on one hand as she flies over town on her broomstick. She is slowed down when she helps a kitten caught in a tree, but still makes her deliveries in time to land the position. The last page shows the witch and 48 cats all eating pizza together by candlelight. The rhythmic language has an effortless flow, and both text and artwork are a great mix of the traditional and the contemporary. The illustrations (oil over acrylic) are a delight, with comic touches to discover at every rereading. The evening scenes showing Wittilda flying through a luminous moonlit night are especially effective. The best book to date by this husband/ wife team, this one is a winner for group sharing.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (September 6, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803711492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803711495
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, Caralyn and Mark Buehner are also the creators of the award-winning Fanny's Dream. Upcoming collaborations include an original fairy tale about a lonely princess who decides to become a hairdresser. They live in Utah with their nine children.

You can find more information about Mark and Caralyn's books and upcoming signings by visiting their website at www.buehnerbooks.com.

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on November 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The 47 cats that witch Wittilda has taken in and cares for are down to their last dried rat! Wittilda goes job hunting and becomes a pizza delivery person with the added edge of swift broom locomotion. She loves her job but the competition is fierce. She gets in a bind when she has to choose between her kind hearted ways and her job. This is such a fun book with super illustrations. There's loads of humour, bright colors, and clever little details to search for, hidden among the hubbub on each page. Wittilda will win your heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mamareadssomuch on October 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Wittilda, the witch, has MANY cats but needs to find a job. So she trys for a job at a pizza place but the test is to deliver 5 pizzas as fast as you can and if you are the first applicant back, the job is yours! Well, Wittilda gets on her broom and starts delivering the pizzas but finds ANOTHER stray kitty ... so does she stop and rescue the cat or deliver more pizzas?! Read the book and find out.
Fun story with darling illustrations.
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By Danielle on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I used to read this book over and over when i was younger im now 23 and i could not remember what the book was called (until now) i tried looking it up on the internet and it showed up but i always remembered wittilda and her cats i am def getting this book even though i am a little too old but it was just always one of those books that stuck with me i always remembered it even though i couldnt remember the name i had the book when i was younger not sure what age maybe 11 and we ended up having a flood in the basement and all our books got destroyed but now i can just order it on here!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Wittilda the Witch needs to provide for her 47 cats. She seeks a job that matches her talents and finally gets a chance to deliver pizzas. Her broom helps beat the competition. However, just when everything is going great she is forced to make a decision that concerns someone in need. The time it takes to rescue a friend, could cost her the pizza delivery job. Excellent illustrations by Mark Buehner, the same talented artist who did the Taxi Dog books. A perfect Halloween favorite.
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By J. Weber on May 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
As with all of the Buehner books I have purchased, this one is great! The story is creative. My kids enjoyed all of Wittilda's adventures from beginning to end. We love looking for hidden pictures on the pages, as we have found in other Buehner books. We even found Wittilda flying through "It's not a shovel it's a spoon"! My kids love finding their favorite cat on each page, and look for all the extra details there are to find. This is a book I enjoy reading over and over again!
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Purchased this as a Halloween story for grandchildren. Both loved it. Book was purchased through an Amazon 3rd party seller; the book was used. It arrived quickly, in perfect condition w/ no stains or off-odors. The book itself is wonderful; the illustrations are detailed and capture the mood of the book. The story is humorous (it appealed to the 9 yr old that he asked for it to be read again, and later, read it several times himself.. In addition to humor, there are other things for children to think about (how can she feed her cats w/ no money - get a job, how to keep a job, do a good job, etc. This is definitely not a halloween story only; the main character just happens to be a witch, which does give her an advantage over the non-witch job candidates. I am a 5 star fan of this book - wish there were more by this author/ illustrator, especially for kindle!
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