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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 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
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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. --School Library Journal, October 2008
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2nd
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761454292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761454298
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,377,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wendy Wax is the author of many children's books including Even Firefighters Go to the Potty (Little Simon); City Witch, Country Switch (Marshall Cavendish); Class Picture Day (Price Stern Sloan); Renoir and the Boy With the Long Hair (Barron's), Empire Dreams (Silver Moon Press), Clara the Klutz (InnovativeKids), Otis C. Mouse (InnovativeKids), Sugar and Spice (InnovativeKids), Arlo Makes a Friend (Sterling), and Arlo Gets Lost. (Sterling). She has also illustrated and written Bus to Booville and You Can't Scare Me (both Grosset & Dunlap), and illustrated Pinkeriffic Playdate (HarperCollins), an early reader in Victoria Kann's Pinkalicious series.

Wendy grew up in Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BFA in graphic design, she moved to NYC and worked as a children's book editor. At the same time, she began writing books and creating collage illustrations for magazines, ads, and books.

Wendy has written books for Nickelodeon, Disney, and Children's Television Workshop featuring popular characters including Dora the Explorer, Diego, SpongeBob, Fairly Oddparents, Backyardigans, Rugrats, Sesame Street, Barbie, and the Disney princesses.

Wendy lives in New York. Visit Wendy's website at www.wendywax.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A city witch and country witch finally meet (they're cousins) and like each other just fine but can't exactly tolerate where the other lives. So what to do? Compromise! I met the author at a book fair and he draws the most incredible illustration in minutes for his fans to take home. If he's ever in your neighborhood, it's even better!
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"City Witch, Country Switch" is a creative and fun take on the classic tale of "Town Mouse, Country Mouse". Author Wendy Wax uses rhyming verse to tell the story of two cousins who also happen to be witches - Mitzi the city witch and Muffletump the country witch. Both take turns visiting and predictably find the other's environment not to each other's liking. The illustrations by Scott Gibala-Broxholm are funny and bring the story alive. There is nothing not to like about these two friendly witches, whose appearances may be eccentric but never scary. so the tale is suitable for preschoolers and up. This is a great picture book and perfect for reading aloud, especially during Halloween but it really can be read anytime.
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This book is a truly fun read! You and your child will enjoy the experiences that Muffletump and Mitzi go through in the name of friendship!
Mitzi truly prefers the city, with busy subways and lots to do. But cousin Muffletump can't stand the noise and pollution. Then, the tables are turned and Mitzi must see how she fares in Muffletump's neck of the woods. Author Wendy Wax creates two lovable witches, some hysterical situations and some wonderful rhymes to keep the reader laughing throughout this story. The illustrations by Scott Gibala-Broxholm are absolutely beautiful. Children of all ages will love this book. It's a treasure! Elise H.
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By Book Beagle on October 27, 2008
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What an absolutely delightful spin on the beloved City Mouse/Country Mouse tale! City witch Mitzi and country witch Muffletump will captivate kids, parents and grandparents alike with their creative efforts to make their friendship succeed. The illustrations are among the most ingenious I've ever seen in a children's book. No matter how many visits I made to each page, I discovered yet another new and enchanting detail. (Don't miss the "Broomingdale's" store and the "Fed Hex" delivery truck!) The witches who "star" in this book make it great Halloween reading, but it's sure to fly year round.
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By MOM on August 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Kids said they didn't love it, but it was good. I thought it was too short of a read, but cute.
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By C. Jordan on October 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We loved this book. Wendy Wax created a new twist on an old and beloved story. We absolutely loved the illustrations by Scott Gilbala-Broxholm.
He creates pictures that not only tell the story, they also have hidden, humorus themes in each picture that make both children and adults laugh. To be recommended to kids of all ages!
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By Fan of Tick Tock on October 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love this book and so do my kids. It's an adorable take on the city mouse/country mouse theme, with fun, quirky characters (my daughter finds it hilarious that a witch can have allergies!), great illustrations, and lots of magical surprises. Plus, it's refreshing to have a Halloween story that's not about candy.
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