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The House That Witchy Built by Dianne de Las…

The House That Witchy Built

by Dianne de Las Casas

Other authors: Holly Stone-Barker (Illustrator)

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Taking the classic nursery rhyme and cumulative tale about The House That Jack Built as her model, author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas spins a witchy tale in this humorous picture-book, complete with plenty of onomatopoeia. "This is the cat (meow, meow) / That lived in the house (creak, creak) / That Witchy built (clap, clap, clap, clap)," it begins, adding layers of complexity to the chain of events with each new page. The climax comes when Witchy herself appears upon the scene, spooking all involved...

This kind of story and song, in which each addition to the tale is recited together with all that preceded it - The Twelve Days of Christmas being another well-known example - makes for a wonderful storytelling experience. The inclusion of sound words here can only add to the fun, I would think, allowing children to participate in the telling as well. The cut-paper artwork, done by Holly Stone-Barker, is colorful and entertaining. All in all, The House That Witchy Built is an engaging little book, one I would recommend to storytellers and/or younger children looking for fun Halloween fare. ( )
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A scary Halloween version of "The House that Jack Built," featuring a witch, black cat, skeleton, and other spooky images.

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