From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-This new take on a nursery rhyme features a grouchy old woman "who didn't like children" and her cat "who didn't like kittens." One day, much to their chagrin, a mother and her five playful youngsters move in next door. The crotchety woman buys a "Kiddie-Be-Gone" potion from a witch, but the concoction is stale. After drinking a cupful, the siblings turn into grouchy old people, "the naggiest, craggiest crew," and their complaining soon becomes unbearable. Luckily, the witch returns just in time with some "Kiddie-Come-Back" elixir that restores the children to their former state. By story's end, the elderly lady has come to appreciate her rambunctious, jovial neighbors. The rhyming text keeps the action moving quickly. The glossy, colorful artwork is filled with characters who have oversized heads, strikingly beady eyes, and expressive eyebrows. Supplemental fare that could round out a storytime.Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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“[A] lively take on the traditional rhyme.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Smith build[s] the dramatic tension expertly with cliffhanger page-endings, rhetorical questions and bouncy, nursery-style rhymes.” (Publishers Weekly)
“The rhyming text keeps the action moving quickly.” (School Library Journal)
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