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Do Witches Make Fishes?

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Do Witches Make Fishes? [Paperback]

Jason Mayo
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Book Description

August 23, 2010
"Do Witches Make Fishes?" is the moral tale of a young boy who favors candy over his mother's outlandish but healthy dishes. When faced with an ultimatum from his mother, the boy has to make a difficult choice. What ensues is a series of extraordinary and fantastical events that will take the reader on a magical journey through the imagination of a child. In the end, you will find yourself asking, Do Witches Make Fishes?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (August 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452069441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452069449
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,287,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read through this book and honestly wasn’t sure how to rate it. The artwork brought the movies Ponyo & Howl’s Moving Castle to my mind. I liked the rhyming text. It was a little more abstract than many picture books so I wasn’t sure how it would go over as a read aloud. I called 3 of my kids up for a second opinion. My 12 year old said it was a little weird but he liked it, my 8 year old loved it and said it was a 5 star book, my 4 year old really liked it and wanted it read again. They were all interested in the book and sat still listening to it. So it worked as a read aloud to multiple ages.

I would recommend this book, especially this time of year when kids are likely to have piles of candy to eat and parents would much rather have their kids eating carrots & fishes.

Rating: 4 Stars

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This is a wonderful book for children from four to eight...perhaps even three. It's about a little boy who loves "sweets" so much that he refuses to eat the healthy vegetables and fish his mother cooks for him. Something he does causes his mother to disappear and a witch appears in her place. The witch threatens the boy with all kinds of silly things if he doesn't eat what she cooks for him. The boy is more surprised than frightened because this is not that kind of really scary witch. When he finds his voice, he demands his mother back, pulls some "boy tricks" on the witch and the problem is resolved in a very satisfactory manner. The boy has learned a lesson about minding his mother and about eating healthy, so perhaps your children will, also.

Author Jason Mayo is to be commended for coming up with such a clever way of teaching a valuable life lesson to our little ones. It's a good storyline written in verse. Although I loved the author's idea and the simplicity of his story, the verse fell short. I enjoy reading verse outloud in a sing-songy voice, but when I tried with this book, it was impossible to do because the cadence was way off in too many places. Some passages rhymed, while others didn't. I actually stumbled over the words on the very first page...

I love the illustrations by Justin Wolfson because they're colorful and placed in the appropriate places to match the text. But what I enjoy most about them is that they're extra-large, making the characters jump off the pages right into your life. My grandson Devon giggled when he saw them and his eyes just about popped out when I turned to where the boy's head fills the entire page. I giggled right along with him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Problem Cleverly Solved! October 24, 2010
Jason Mayo, obviously a father, knows well the table problems of encouraging children to eat the right things, and he has the ability to take a delicate (for kids!) global topic and make it into a completely charming story that likely will alter the eating habits of the age group (Ages 4 - 8) for which it is intended. A secondary gain will be providing a tale parents can use to remind their tots about what is healthy and what is not.

Mayo wisely elects to keep his main character without a name so that transference will be easy. 'A young' boy refuses to eat dinner, despite his mother's coaxing, and presto! he wishes his mother would disappear into the night. But instead, what happens is the appearance of a witch who terrifies the boy with the threat of a curse that will land him in a veggie patch with his beloved candy and sweets just out of reach. The boy responds by turning on the witch and pulling out of his pockets all the sticky gooey nasty sweets he harbors and does away with the horrified witch. He gets his wish for his mother to return and readily accepts her healthy cooking at last.

Not only is Jason Mayo's rhyming verse clever and sounds terrific when read aloud, but the story is accompanied with wonderfully alive colorful graphics by Justin Wolfson. This is one of those books that goes beyond being a good read to get a lesson across. This is a fine story for repeating frequently because it is so well written and so entertainingly made visual. Excellent! Grady Harp, October 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridget's Review October 27, 2010
When my nephew came over, I pulled out two books and showed them to him. I said "do you want these books?" I guess he thought I was telling him to choose one because he immediately pointed to this one. When I read it, I had his undivided attention (which is saying a lot for an extremely active three-year-old). As soon as I read the last sentence, he told me to read it again. Do Witches make Fishes? is a winner!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stories for Children Magazine 4 Star review November 25, 2010
Reviewed by: Nancy Messmore

Synopsis: There once was a boy who was tired of carrots and fishes. He went on a hunger strike, holding out for candy and sweets. His frustrated mother transformed into a kichen witch who offered him a choice: eat dinner or never, ever have the chance to eat any sweet treats again. His choice was clear. So with one last wish, he chose his mommy's carrots and fishes with the option for treats and sweets in the future.

Overall thoughts: Jason Mayo's rhyming tale of an all-too-familiar mealtime ritual reads aloud wonderfully well. The rhythm is perfect and his words almost force the reader into using narrative voices and deep drama. Many preschoolers will find themselves drawn into the story that mirrors their own mealtime dramas. Justin Wolfson's illustrations capture the story well. Changes in perspective from page to page encourage children to keep their eyes on the book during the story telling. Often there were interesting details to discover in the pictures as well.

As I read the book through the first time, I found myself stumbling with the sentence structure. The irregular pattern to the rhymes makes it difficult to read silently. While it is remarkably easy to read aloud, I think emerging readers may struggle with the structure if they read to themselves. Additionally, I thought the ending was abrupt. I think I wanted the illustration of the happy mother and child reunion to occur after the boy makes his wish. As for the illustrations, my only complaint is that the duotone fleck pattern on each page was often distracting, especially on the pages with great detail or extreme close ups.

Overall, this is a wonderfully entertaining read aloud book. I am impressed by this author's debut picture book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the picky eater...
Clever and fun to read. Jason Mayo does well with rhyming verse and the fantastical showdown between boy and mother is illustrated in bold color that pops off the page. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Dishes
I just got done reading this book to my 3 boys and they loved it. They loved seeing the witch fall in the jelly and of course liked all the candy in the boys pocket. Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by Barbara Hightower
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a great cause
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Fabulous kids book. Adorable story about a little boy who won't eat his veggies. Love the rhymes. Love the story and my 4 year old did too. Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by Ooph
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