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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- When identical twins Ella and Emily are invited to a Halloween party, they decide to dress as witches. As the party progresses, readers will have fun deciding "which witch is which" by closely watching the games the boys and girls play, the food they eat ("Cowboy chose strawberry, Ella the same"), and colors they choose. The party comes to festive finale with the thematic question, "Which witch is which?" Deductive reasoning is cleverly encased in the vibrance and joy of a party which is a sure way to attract the intended audience. Eyes will be riveted to the vivacious watercolor illustrations which fill the pages with festive activity. Stimulating throughout, they do not overwhelm the slight text, or take over the general page layout. Ethnic and cultural categories are well represented. The story flows smoothly from the beginning game of tug of war to the final front-door goodbyes. Earliest readers will be able to manage the vocabulary nicely. Again, Hutchins exhibits her mastery of combining concept, mental stimulation, and visual interest to create a well-integrated, entertaining book for young readers and listeners. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

"I tend to see the funny side of things," says Pat Hutchins. Whether it's the light, subtle humor of her first picture book, Rosie's Walk, or the slapstick comedy of Rats!, her special gift of humor is reflected in both words and pictures.

Pat Hutchins was born in Yorkshire, England, one of seven children, and grew up in the countryside of Yorkshire, which she still loves. At a very early age she knew that she wanted to be an artist.

She was encouraged by an elderly couple, who would give her a chocolate bar for each picture she drew. A local art school gave her a scholarship and she studied there for three years, continuing her training at Leeds College of Art, where she specialized in illustration. Her career in the children's book field began with the highly acclaimed Rosie's Walk, a 1968 ALA Notable Book. Since then she has written five novels and created more than twenty picture books. She was awarded England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 for The Wind Blew.

She says she tries "to write about what children say and do," and she believes in very simple picture books for the youngest child. But her simple texts and wonderfully vivid pictures manage to convey the most complex emotions. She also has the rare ability to use such basic concepts as time, growth, and change to create imaginative, satisfying books for children. Her ideas come from a variety of sources: listening to her children and their friends, or sometimes from real situations. The idea for The Very Worst Monster came to her when her niece told her she wanted to give her baby brother away. Ms. Hutchins tempered the theme of sibling rivalry by using soft watercolors to make the monster family more lovable. The result is a delightfully wicked monster family that children will wish lived next door.

Pat Hutchins lives in London with her husband, Laurence, also an artist. They have two sons, Morgan and Sam. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow; 1st edition (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688063578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688063573
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,175,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sbs on December 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was my daughter's absolute favorite in
pre-school and when I found at amazon I had to
get it for her. She loves it! It's neat because
there are visual clues and word clues to help
you tell,"Which Witch is Which." It's not just
a halloween book either. I never get tired
of reading it to her.
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By BlueWings on October 18, 2013
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I bought this book for my child because it was one of my personal favorites from when I was growing up. I looked for the seller of the best condition used edition. The seller said it was in great condition, but when it arrived almost every page had been torn. I kept the book because off sentimental reasons, but was very disappointed that the seller did not disclose the issues.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather Yeoman on August 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My two-year-old saw this book at the library and had to have it (initially because of the balloons on the cover). Since bringing it home, we have to read it at least twice a day. The story is cute, fun to read and the illustrations are adorable. Now, every time we go to the library, he knows exactly where to find this book. We're buying him a copy for his birthday!
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By valpalwork3 on April 21, 2015
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my twins love this author
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