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1LeeAnn725
Edited: Oct 17, 4:54pm Top

I read a book when I was 9 or 10 (1990 or 1991) that was like a handbook for witches. It was hardback, the pages were glossy and fully illustrated.
One page talked about how a witch's favorite weather is rain and gloom. Another page showed a witch's house and you could see in all the rooms and how it was decorated.
Unfortunately, that is all I remember. Please help, I have been trying to find this book for years.
I do know it is NOT the book by Malcolm Bird.
Thank you to anyone who can help me!

Update: Here is a list of the suggested books that are NOT what I am looking for but may be of interest to you...

The Witch's Catalog by Norman Bridwell
Witches and Witchcraft by Adrienne Jack
Winnie the Witch
Witches' Lost Spellbook by Joan Cass
Hubble Bubble: A Book of Witches and Wizards by John Patience
Witches Four by Marc Brown
Wacky Book of Witches
The Little Witch's Cookbook
Witches by Colin Hawkins
Witch's Handbook by Monica Carretero
What Witches Do by Shelagh McGee
Die Kleine Hexe by Otfried Preussler

2gutsy
Mar 26, 2010, 10:42am Top

I think I remember reading this as well. I found Winnie the Witch that has a two page layout of her house. Could this be what you are looking for?

3LeeAnn725
Mar 26, 2010, 5:13pm Top

While that book looks totally awesome, it's not the same book. This book was almost like a handbook for witch's. It wasn't really a story. I wish I could remember more, but it's been about 19 years since I've read that book, so my memory is vague.

4foggidawn
Mar 26, 2010, 9:55pm Top

Might it be The Witch's Handbook by Malcolm Bird? It was published in 1988, so would have been around in 1990 or 91.

5LeeAnn725
Mar 26, 2010, 10:00pm Top

It's not. I already own that book, and it is not the book I'm looking for.

6foggidawn
Mar 26, 2010, 10:02pm Top

Oops, sorry, I missed that line in your original post. :-)

7Mud
Mar 27, 2010, 7:03am Top

Your description makes me think of a picture book that rhymes though you don't actually say it is. Is it?

8LeeAnn725
Mar 27, 2010, 1:34pm Top

It might rhyme in places. My strongest memory of the book is page where it talks about a witch's favorite weather and I believe the witch is wearing rain boots. All the pages are glossy and color illustrated. A lot of dark colors...blacks, grays, things like that.

9LeeAnn725
Apr 21, 2010, 3:16pm Top

*Bump
I'm beginning to feel this may be the one unfindable book. Come on LibraryThing patrons...don't let me down!!! :)

10AnnieHidalgo
May 16, 2010, 2:19am Top

Could it have been something in Norman Bridwell's witch series? It sounds really familiar to me, and also reminds me a little of The Witch's Catalog.

11LeeAnn725
May 19, 2010, 4:17am Top

K, I looked up Norman Bridwell, and it doesn't look right. The book was hardback and glossy. And I remember the colors being kind of dark. But thanks so much for the suggestion, I was beginning to think no one was going to help me anymore.

12unoduck
May 19, 2010, 10:20am Top

How about Witches and Witchcraft by Adrienne Jack?

It's an illustrated children's book, 48 pages long.

13unoduck
May 19, 2010, 10:24am Top

Actually, Adreinne Jack's book is titled Witches and Witchcraft/ (Easy Read Fact Book)

14LeeAnn725
May 20, 2010, 4:38pm Top

The tag says it's non fiction, and the book I'm looking for is DEFINITELY fiction. Thanks for all the great suggestions, but I'm slowly losing hope in ever finding it.

15dancingbunny
Jun 18, 2010, 9:18pm Top

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16dancingbunny
Jun 18, 2010, 9:23pm Top

I don't suppose it might be (Die kleine Hexe) by Otfried Preussler? It means 'The little witch' in English, but when I posted that earlier, it linked to 'The Wednesday Witch' which is a different book altogether. It might have a different title in the english translation. The cover is definitely dark and glossy!

17dancingbunny
Jun 18, 2010, 9:24pm Top

Sorry, wrong brackets, Die kleine Hexe.

18LeeAnn725
Jul 7, 2010, 3:07pm Top

Unfortunately that is not it. The illustrations have a "cleaner" look, for lack of a better descriptor. Thanks so much for the suggestion though.

19LeeAnn725
Jan 4, 2011, 10:37pm Top

Bump. Hoping new people have signed on and just might know the answer. I even contacted the school library that I had read this book in, and even they couldn't help me. Please please please!!! Someone out there must know something!!!

20mccin68
Jan 24, 2011, 9:48pm Top

could it be the wacky book of witches? I don't remember too much about it

21bmlg
Jan 25, 2011, 12:52am Top

Maybe - What Witches Do, by Shelagh McGee, Prentice-Hall 1980, cover pic here
http://pictures.abebooks.com/LDBOOKS/216205108.jpg
"Shelagh McGee's collection of poems with illustrations by the author introduce you to witches and wizards and black cats and creatures of the night - and if they and their antics don't make you shiver, they'll certainly make you smile."

22armaduras
Feb 4, 2011, 10:39am Top

Could it be Witches by Colin Hawkins - I used to love it, and it seems to have the same look and feel of the one you're after:

http://www.librarything.com/work/807894

23isugar1234
Mar 13, 2011, 4:38pm Top

hello miss, i have a question, where did you purchase the witch's handbook by malcolm bird? my daughter loves it very much and so do i! i'd like to buy it for her but wherever i go i cant find it, or it is almost $300! can you tell me how much you bought it for too?
thank you so much, with best regards,
isugar1234

24LeeAnn725
Mar 30, 2011, 1:32pm Top

bmlg, thanks for the suggestion, but it's definitely not What Witches Do
mccin68, i'm going to look more into Wacky Book of Witches, but I'm not feeling too confident that's it (i'll definitely send you a comment whether it is or not)
same to armaduras, definitely going to look deeper into the colin hawkins book, and i'll let you know if it is the book or not
thanks everyone for the input

25Feathery
May 18, 2011, 1:37am Top

We might be searching for the same book. I recall a witch's guide/handbook, done in the early 1990s, illustrated using only a green, black and white color scheme (I think). Some of the pages had a comic book layout style, and this one had a pull-out "catalog" in the back for witches to order their favorite things. I lost the catalog page and it made me quite sad. Does that sound familiar?

26LeeAnn725
May 30, 2011, 12:54pm Top

Hmm, it's been so long, I honestly don't remember a catalog, but the book you suggest sounds great, if you know the title and author, I'd love to own that book as well :)

27lquilter
Apr 11, 2012, 8:16pm Top

bump

28LeeAnn725
Edited: May 15, 2012, 5:42pm Top

I looked more into Wacky Book of Witches, and that is a pop-up book, and what I'm looking for is not. Thanks so much for your suggestion! One more book crossed off the list.

Oops, got my books mixed up. Colin Hawkins book was pop up, so that is not it. Just got the Wacky Book of Witches book, and that is also not it, but it does have more of the feel, glossy hardcover and glossy pages.

I gotta tell ya, I'm losing all hope, but thank you everyone who has helped and thank you to anyone who comes up with more suggestions. They are all greatly appreciated!!!

29isigfethera
Jul 19, 2012, 10:50pm Top

Feathery That description jogs a memory for me- I think what I am thinking of was definitely a children's picture book, if that fits? Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the book. I am thinking Janet and Allen Ahlberg style illustrations, but it doesn't look like one of those. It may have been aimed a bit older anyway. This is going to drive me crazy now!

30katimcbride
Sep 7, 2012, 5:09pm Top

I think we are looking for the same book Ma'am! Do you remember anything about a page that had herbs and talked about recipes for spells? I definitely read it between 1990-1992

31Kathryn.Ludwig
Sep 11, 2012, 11:30am Top

I am looking for it too! I thought it was called 'How to be a witch' but I can't find anything under that title. Desperately searching!!!!

32mccin68
Oct 4, 2012, 7:40pm Top

On amazon I saw witches handbook by monica carretero aunt Armaga who is a witch writes a letter to her niece and nephew telling them all about what witches are really like

33LeeAnn725
Oct 12, 2012, 8:45pm Top

mccin68, while that sounds like a lovely book, it's not it. there was no letter writing in the book i'm looking for.
katimcbride, it's been a while, but i'm almost positive there is a page about herbs and recipes for spells

to anyone else, please help!!!! I'm so desperate to find this book!!!

34LeeAnn725
Oct 21, 2012, 1:14pm Top

bump!!!

35mitchellmom
Oct 22, 2012, 6:37pm Top

I am confused. If there are no letters written in the book, how is there a page about herbs and recipes for spells? I really am trying to help locate what book this is!

36historywitch
Oct 22, 2012, 7:17pm Top

I think I remember this one too, have also been desperately trying to find the name.

If I remember correctly it had a picture of a witch with arrows pointing to all the things wrong with her - bandy legs, styes on her face etc. There was another page with a picture of a witch's garden with all the disgusting stuff growing in it. I have a copy of the Witches Handbook too as I also thought it was that one and was disappointed when it wasn't.

It was sort of like the Witches Handbook in that each page/double page dealt with an aspect of the witch's life, but not as heavy on the crafts/recipes etc.

I really hope someone comes along who knows this book

37LeeAnn725
Oct 22, 2012, 8:44pm Top

mitchellmom - letters means mail, not writing

Historywitch - so do I, so do I

38shaun562
Oct 23, 2012, 12:37am Top

Did you say you acually purchased "The Wacky Book of Witches"? I must say i was looking for a book fitting your same description because i remembered checking it out in elementary school, upon acually purchasing the book off amazon (TWBOW) i found the 2 page picture of the fully decorated house, a garden scene of witches buying supplies and a kitchen page where she is cooking her favorite recipe, i found this was exactly the book i was remembering, & so glad i made a purchace on amazon for 30$ it was printed in 1991 & is no longer in print.

39skullduggery
Edited: Oct 23, 2012, 3:49pm Top

>28 LeeAnn725: The Colin Hawkins Witches book (http://www.librarything.com/work/807894) isn't a pop-up. I don't think that it can be your book though, because I don't remember anything about favourite weather being rain and gloom, and although it shows a witch's house, it doesn't go into the rooms. But in case it is the book anyone else is looking for (or if it looks familiar, let me know and I can send along some more pictures), I've uploaded the spread on the witch's house here (click through for larger images in my gallery):



And I have also added a page from The Wacky Book of Witches (left) and The Witch's Handbook (right) to help those of you looking for these ones...



(But don't worry LeeAnn725, I am still looking out for your book too, I promise!)

Edited to add extra picture.

40LeeAnn725
Oct 23, 2012, 9:33am Top

Thanks skullduggery! The illustrations of the Witches book doesn't match, but I already own The Wacky Book of Witches so I know that's not it.
I've been trying to remember more about the book, and I'm almost positive the edges of all the pages were black, and I think there was something about liking brambles.

41shaun562
Oct 26, 2012, 4:18am Top

The second picture next to the pic of the wacky book of witches is not from the same book, left pic is from the book , right pic is from something else ... i will post a pic of the house inside the book soon as i do own it and can show examples

42skullduggery
Oct 26, 2012, 5:20am Top

>41 shaun562: sorry if it was confusing shaun562, the left page is from The Wacky Book of Witches and the right is from The Witch's Handbook - I just added them both in since it seems that some posters are looking for a variety of different witch books in this thread :)

43Autumnice
Nov 14, 2012, 3:15pm Top

Bump

44LeeAnn725
Feb 3, 2013, 6:19pm Top

bump

45sunnybrookgal
Apr 7, 2013, 12:43pm Top

Have you tried Loganberry Books Stump the Bookseller? They have pretty amazing abilities to find the unfindable. http://www.loganberrybooks.com/stumpthebookseller/?page_id=8

46isigfethera
Apr 10, 2013, 11:40pm Top

I've found the book I was thinking of- but it was The Jolly Postman (one of the letters was a witches catalogue). So probably not what you were thinking of, sorry. :(

47PolymathicMonkey
Apr 11, 2013, 4:05am Top

>46 isigfethera: Ooh I had The Jolly Postman when I was young, it was great! :)

48LeeAnn725
Apr 11, 2013, 3:26pm Top

>sunnybrookgal: I did try loganberry books and no one ever figured out the answer :(

49mecooper24
Apr 23, 2013, 6:21pm Top

You could try 'The Little Witch's Cookbook', there are other titles starting with 'The Little Witch's...'
If not, maybe 'Dorrie the Little Witch'?

50skullduggery
Apr 23, 2013, 8:22pm Top

>49 mecooper24: I have several of the Dorrie the Little Witch books (the illustrations are just delightful, btw), but although I have no means all of them, I don't think they are the right series - they are more fictional stories, less handbook-for-witches style books.

The Little Witch's Cookbook series looks like a closer match though, hopefully the OP will be able to let us know if it strikes a chord. (There seem to be some interior photos in the amazon listing if that helps.)

51LeeAnn725
Apr 25, 2013, 1:25pm Top

While The Little Witch's Cookbook looks awesome (thanks for the suggestion!) it is definitely not the book I'm looking for. And I'm almost positive the book I'm looking for is not part of a series, but a stand alone book.

52LeeAnn725
Jul 15, 2013, 10:05pm Top

bump, feeling desperate, and a bit of despair

53UncleJessie
Edited: Jul 29, 2013, 7:08am Top

I believe we are searching for the same book. If I recall correctly, it was very muted colors perhaps a sepia-ish? The part that stuck out to me was the magic wand having a particular number of knots; maybe 3 or 7? I am taking a gamble on The Witches' Lost Spellbook from amazon. there is no cover shot, so I won't be sure until it arrives. Good luck with your search.

54LeeAnn725
Aug 6, 2013, 8:13pm Top

>UncleJessie: I don't remember sepia tones, I remember glossy pages that were black around the edges. I tried looking up The Witches' Lost Spellbook and came up empty. Do you know who the author is? Thanks for posting :)

55lquilter
Edited: Aug 6, 2013, 9:18pm Top

I see The Witches' Lost Spellbook by Joan Cass on Amazon. Here at LT: http://www.librarything.com/work/12850069 The Witches Lost Spell Book

* There's another book by the same author, called The Witches Go on a Package Tour, with an illustrated cover; maybe that could give a clue if it's the same: http://www.amazon.com/The-Witches-Go-Package-Holiday/dp/0340393084

56LeeAnn725
Aug 15, 2013, 1:55pm Top

I don't believe this is the correct book, because all of the information I found on it shows it being a UK only book. All shipping comes from the UK and I highly doubt this book would have been in an American elementary school library. But thank you for the suggestion, I may purchase it through abebooks.com just to have another witch book :)

57littlemissres
Aug 24, 2013, 2:40pm Top

Thank you so much Skullduggery! I know this topic's search is for another book but the pictures you posted witch's handbook and the wacky book of witches are the two books I have been trying to find for years! I last saw them around 15 yrs ago and I only remembered the illustrations which makes them pretty hard to find!

58mccin68
Sep 12, 2013, 7:57pm Top

these are long shots
hubble bubble a book of witches and wizards 1990 by John Patience. witches four by marc brown

59kittycat3575
Sep 12, 2013, 8:50pm Top

Im looking for this book I remember the same things except I don't think it was a handbook I remember it being a little girl snooping.

60UncleJessie
Sep 16, 2013, 8:11am Top

Well, it was not the Witches' Lost Spellbook.

61bchrus
Oct 1, 2013, 11:50am Top

I know the book you're talking about, I remember witches clothing, spells, friends and other parts. One of my family members still has the copy I will track it down.

62LiliTuttle
Dec 3, 2013, 10:09am Top

I am also looking for this book. The only specific details I remember is a witches portrait gallery (including the name 'Witch Hazel') and Corn on the Cobweb from the witches kitchen. The illustrations were very detailed with lots of annotations that were quite silly or puns.

63LeeAnn725
Feb 24, 4:07am Top

>mccin68 thank you for the suggestions, unfortunately neither book is correct.
>bchrus did you ever hear back from family about the book?
Fingers crossed I finally find this book!!!!

64LeeAnn725
Mar 23, 5:09pm Top

Bump

65Villy_sp
Apr 1, 1:42am Top

it could be Winnie the Witch.

66PolymathicMonkey
Apr 1, 6:15am Top

>65 Villy_sp: That was the first suggestion made in the thread...

67Villy_sp
Apr 1, 1:42pm Top

oops, you're right I'm sorry!

68LeeAnn725
Apr 2, 7:50pm Top

>Villy_sp, thanks anyways, I really appreciate the suggestion

69skullduggery
Jun 30, 8:37am Top

Bump. (I have looked at SO many children's books about witches but never found this one.) OP - because the thread is so long, do you think it would be helpful to edit the original post to include a list of all the books you are sure it is not?

70holtorishoot
Aug 17, 10:52am Top

LeeAnn725 I am looking for the same book. Please keep me informed and I will do the same. Cheers

71rosieboo
Aug 19, 1:58pm Top

Hi LeeAnn725, do you think this bookshop might be able to help http://www.rippingyarns.co.uk/. If you were to drop them an email with as much info as possible they might be able to help. They might even have the book. I'm looking for several books myself and am pinning my hopes on this one when I visit soon. I really hope you find it ...just spent an hour searching for you myself alas with no luck. You've got me hooked now so I'll keep searching. Best of luck ;)

72LeeAnn725
Oct 17, 4:58pm Top

>rosieboo, thank you for the suggestion
>skullduggery, I took your advice

I am bumping my topic because it's that time of year ;)

73lquilter
Yesterday, 7:31am Top

The Internet Archive has indexed a lot of books published in the 60s & 70s & 80s, and I wonder if it would have gotten picked up in that lot. It might be worth trying to figure out their search engine ....

74PaceLuvr
Yesterday, 10:12am Top

How about A Woggle of Witches by Adrienne Adams published in 1971. Adams also illustrated The Littlest Witch by Jeanne Massey?

75LeeAnn725
Yesterday, 4:32pm Top

>PaceLuvr, the illustrations definitely don't match, but thank you for the suggestion

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