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One Witch Hardcover – March 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802788602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802788603
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Eerie yet amusing illustrations and a romping, rhyming text add up to fun in this Halloween counting book. Schindler's ink-and-watercolor artwork is a fine fit for Leuck's action-packed, easy-to-read text. "One witch/on a hill/had an empty pot/to fill." Night is slowly falling as various creepy creatures each hand the witch gruesome tidbits for a tasty stew, including a claw, a tail, slugs, a rattlesnake, and a moth. Plenty of alliteration seasons the text and adds to the flowing cadence. Some characters' faces seem a bit scary, but deliciously so, and there's plenty of humor in the highly detailed scenes. A slimy slug with bulging eyes scurries toward the witch's shopping bag on the title page, and diving and darting bats on the endpapers foreshadow spooky fun. Pointing out these droll illustrations will no doubt bring a big grin to youngsters' faces. A terrific choice for holiday storytimes, especially before serving up the refreshments.
James K. Irwin, Poplar Creek Main Library, Steamwood, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS. "One witch / on a hill / had an empty pot / to fill" begins this spooky Stone Soup tale that's also a counting exercise. Rhyming couplets tell the story as the witch collects ingredients for her "gruesome stew" from her pals, a cast of ghoulish characters who are presented in groups of ascending numbers from 2 cats to 10 werewolves. The chance to count comes again, this time in descending order, when invitations for the witch's bash are delivered to the homes of each group: "ten werewolves / in their caves, nine skeletons / in their graves," and so on. The well-paced text is filled with delicious words and rhythms, ending in a shivery surprise for children, and Schindler's detailed ink-and-watercolor images are a delight, balancing the graveyards and purple skies of Halloween with the perfectly buffoonish, creepy folk. A great choice for October preschool read-alouds. Gillian Engberg
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My grandson brought this book.
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This has got to be one of my and my kids favorite halloween time books.
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The illustrations are fabulous!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Chris Dalton on October 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was sitting in the middle of my local Barnes & Noble's Halloween kiosk in the children's section. It was perfect timing, because I was in the mood for halloween reading for my 3 1/2 year-old. One look at the pictures and he was sold...
I love this because it reminds me of the books that we'd have read to us during Story Hour at the local library in the early 1970's when I was a kid.
The illustrations are delightfully creepy and are very reminiscent of something film maker Tim Burton would have created. The story is simple and leads your child through his first ten numbers and the characters that are introduced along the way are perfectly suited to this halloween adventure.
Makes me ALMOST not miss those old Dorie books (by Patricia Coombs) as much!
Highly recomended for parents who aren't afraid of something that is actually a bit creepy and spooky and not rooted in some other insipid pop-culture source.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Krista -F on June 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
This has got to be one of my and my kids favorite halloween time books. The writing is very clever, the pictures in the book are really cool. I started reading this book to my kids when they were about four years old. They continue to read the book on their own and now they are about ages six and eight. Great book on every level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on July 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
One witch treks about collecting a shopping bag full of ghoulish ingredients for her stew. Told in rhyme, it's also a counting book from one to ten and then back down: "Five vampires on the loose, gave the witch some fresh blood juice."

The mummies, scarecrows, ghosts and skeletons contributing to the stew are mostly a jolly sort illustrated in a variety of poses and suitably murky colors. The tenth grouping of characters (werewolves) disturbed me a little with their oversized heads and sharp teeth. I deducted one star for this.

The story ends with all the characters partying and enjoying their stew. The pacing and excellent illustrations make this a natural for reading to a group of preschoolers at Halloween.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on June 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
my three-year-old son loves this book we read it every night before bed at his request. I just purchased "My mama monster love me so" and "Jeepers creepers" both by Laura Leuck and they are instant hits with my son. Really worth reading whether it's Halloween time or not.
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By Erlene K. Ford on April 13, 2010
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A fun and yet a little frightening, counting book. My 3 year old grandson first got this book from the library. He kept wanting to recheck it, so I bought him his own copy. It is the first book that he "read by himself". I am sure it was from memory. :-)
I feared it would give him nightmares but he loves it.

I would reccomend this book to older preschoolers. It is fun for Halloween.
Also I would like to comment on how fine the condition of this book was. I love ordering books from Amazon!
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By Ms. Sandi on October 30, 2013
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The book was more than slightly used. Lucky I worked in a library and could make the repairs easily. Content of book is great as I knew that before purchase
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