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Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas

Winnie the Witch (1987)

by Valerie Thomas

Other authors: Korky Paul (Illustrator)

Series: Winnie the Witch (1)

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Delightful, but nothing to chew on or savor, nor any reason to recommend to others. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Cute book about a witch who lives in an all black home and has a black cat who she sometimes has a hard time seeing (since everything is black). A short journey as she works to fix the problem. Most cute and amusing!
The art is playful and actually has a surprising amount of detail to it. You can tell a good deal of time was put into the pictures which is something I always appreciate in a good children's book.
This is the first book about Winnie. We will continue looking to add the others to our family's book collection. ( )
  jljaina | May 16, 2015 |
This book is on the list of [b:1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up|6936332|1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up|Julia Eccleshare|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1342805030s/6936332.jpg|7168376], but I wasn't too excited about borrowing it. The cover didn't speak to me, and we're not all that much "into" witches ...
We both loved it however. Winnie is a "nice witch", and the colorful spreads are awesome: bright, fun and full of quirky details. Glad to see there's a whole series of books on Winnie and Wilbur! ( )
  Fjola | Oct 17, 2013 |
Winnie the Witch finds herself continually tripping over her black cat Wilbur in this humorous and endearing tale from Australian children's author Valerie Thomas. With a black house filled with black furnishings - even the bathtub is black! - it's not difficult to see why. After one mishap too many, Winnie reaches for her wand, turning Wilbur a bright green! But when this too proves problematic, and she turns him into a multi-colored cat, she ends up with one distressed feline on her hands. Is there a solution that will make Wilbur more visible, without making him unhappy...?

I really enjoyed this witchy tale (thanks, Kathryn!), which strikes me as an ideal Halloween picture-book for those young readers who scare easily, and need a gentler type of story. The solution to Winnie and Wilbur's problem is very satisfying, and the process whereby they reach it, quite amusing. British illustrator Korky Paul has created a delightful visual interpretation of Winnie's house, with many appealing details. I loved the little gremlin-type creatures that can be seen in the background of many of these pictures! As someone who grew up loving the tales of Dorrie the Little Witch, I suspect I would have taken Winnie and Wilbur to heart, as a young girl. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 11, 2013 |
The genre of this book is fantasy and it is fictional. The art in the book is hand-drawn using an ink pen and painted with water-colors. It is about a witch who lives in a black house and everything in it is black. She even has a black cat but this is a problem when the cat is sleeping because she can't see it so she ends up sitting on the cat or tripping over him. So she changes the cat to bright green. This works out well until the cat goes outside and blends in with the grass. She then changes the cat so that it has a red head, a yellow body, a pink tail, blue whiskers, and purple legs. The cat is humiliated and runs up a tree and stays there all day and night. The witch feels bad for the cat, so she changes him back to black, but then changes her house and makes it very colorful. The reading level of this book is probably second grade because there are not that many words per page. The curricular connections are: witch, black cat, black house, magic, embarrassment, and happiness. ( )
  ceoliver | Mar 11, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061173126, Hardcover)

Winnie lived in her black house with her cat, Wilbur. He was black too. And that is how the trouble began.

Everything in Winnies house is black—the carpet, the chairs, the bed and the sheets, the pictures on the walls, and even the bathtub! And of course her cat, Wilbur, is black too—all except for his bright-green eyes. Whenever poor Wilbur closes his eyes and tries to take a catnap, Winnie stumbles right over him. Or accidentally sits on top of him. Until one day, when Winnie gets a brilliant idea. What if Wilbur were a different color?

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Because Winnie the Witch lives in a house where everything is black, she can not see her black cat--until she comes up with a brilliant and colorful idea.

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