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Space Witch (Picture Puffin books) Paperback – September 27, 1979

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About the Author

Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.

Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.

He was introduced to the world of children’s literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"

Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear named Corduroy.

Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.
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Product Details

  • Series: Picture Puffin books
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (September 27, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140503463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140503463
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle Souliere on August 24, 2001
Format: Turtleback
As usual, Don Freeman (who also did "Corduroy" and "Beady the Bear", "Norman the Doorman", etc.) gives us a book full of fun illustrations! This time he uses what appears to be block prints (from wood or linoleum cuts) to depict this naughty little witch's space-bound adventures. Tilly Ipswitch, Queen of Halloween, has been spending time at the planetarium, and decides that this Halloween, she is going to one-up her old tricks, and try frightening creatures on *other* planets for a change! Despite her cat Kit's lack of enthusiasm about the project, she sets to work designing her rocket ship, which she names "The Zoom Broom." Using her magic spells and liberal amounts of silly putty, she concocts a plastic-like material that will be light enough for the job, and using a mold carved out of an old dinosaur tooth(?!), she sets to work bringing her design to life. Kit finds himself captive as she shuts them into the cockpit, and only the promise that they will soon be in the Milky Way (mmm! milk!) keep him from throwing a complete hissy fit. Will Tilly find creatures to scare? Will Kit be able to stand their long journey? Will they ever find their way back? And what if they run out of fuel?! Tensions are high, and Tilly, as usual, must find her way out of the mess she's created. A crash landing and a great twist ending prove to Tilly that the best place to be on Halloween is Earth, and the best broom is a plain old one. Kit couldn't agree more! Meow!
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This is a retro purchase. This book got accidently thrown out when I was a kid. I was surprised to see it in print.
Story: Everything we have is in our own backyard.

What is most enjoyable? Tilly reads about space and creates her own bangin space ship!
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love don freeman books, and i do not recall reading space witch and tilly witch as a child, but now i'm getting to read them to my dear friend's little daughter -- what fun! -- thanks for having a great copy of this book, which arrived safe & sound -- with speedy delivery -- space witch and tilly witch are out of this world good! -- an outer-space witch can arrive to be read at any time of year, not just for halloween!
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Don Freeman is one of my favorite authors and if you get this book you must have Tilly Witch as well. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is engaging enough to break out more than just once on Halloween night. Wish there were more then just 2 stories featuring our beloved Tilly and Kit.
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Kids books from the 60's & 70's were so much more fun than kids books today - magical, fantastical and much sillier. No "moral message" or earnest political sensitivity. Children's books have become as slick and overproduced as studio music.

Space Witch and Tilly Witch are delightful and sweet books, both my sons (9years apart) have enjoyed them.
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Don Freeman is always good, but Space Witch stands out today not only for its good plot - a trip to Mars to scare Martian children on Halloween - but for its mid-century perspective on space travel and exploration. My 6 year old really enjoys it! Oh, and if you read Space Witch you should also read Tilly Witch, the really humorous and engaging "sequel" to Space Witch.
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