4/4: Children’s Book of the Week; Alice and Greta

Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches
by Steven J. Simmons
a tale of two witches
illustrated by Cyd Moore
Alice and Greta live on the same mountain; they went to the same school, learned the same spells–but they couldn’t be less alike. Alice uses her magic to guide lost puppies and keeping things cheery. Greta, well… Greta brews pond slime for her morning cup of coffee. She’s  a weaver of hexes and a destroyer of sandcastles, but is she a better witch than Alice? Greta thinks she can best her witchy rival for good and always with a particularly nasty trick of melty marshmallow muck. But Alice learned something in school that Greta was too busy causing mischief to hear–the catch-all, game-ending Brewmerang Principal:

Whatever you chant, whatever you brew, sooner or later comes back to you!”

A charming story with enchanting illustrations, this book is ideal for ages 4-8.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of the picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House. She is the founder of Booksicals books and theatrical.  Booksicals currently performs the picture book Too Many Visitors at schools, libraries, book stores, and special literacy events ~


3/14: Children’s Book of the Week: Whoosh! Went the Wish

Whoosh! Went the Wish
by Toby Speed
illustrated by Barry Root
Henry, a sweet but lonely old man in a little cottage by the sea, wants a cat. A lot. He wishes for one everyday. One day, a wish fairy, sick and tired of the urban wishing-scene, goes to Henry in his little cottage to grant him his wish. Piece of cake, right? Not so much, as it turns out! Every time Henry makes his wish, parts of it catch on brambles, or get lost on the wind–and all sorts of crazy starts happening! The Wish Fairy will have to get inventive if she wants to help Henry get the right wish, but will this seriously fed-up fairy be able to make good on her wish to help Henry at all?

A sweet story about simple pleasures told through beautiful watercolors, this book is really ideal for K-3 readers and their parents.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the Founder of Booksicals, Encouraging Reading Through the Arts and the author of the book
Too Many Visitors for One Little House ~