Wild Witches' Ball

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9780060529727: Wild Witches' Ball

A tall witch, a round witch, a silly witch, too. Some are spooky, some are cute, and one wears go-go boots! They have gathered for their ball. Why not try to count them all?

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Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–This poem first appeared in Daisy Wallace's Witch Poems (Holiday, 1976). It is a simple counting rhyme that strains to include a variety of witchy synonyms: "ten tall crones"; "two fierce furies"; and "nine queer dears." Unfortunately, it is lyrically and rhythmically clumsy and thematically uninspired. For example, "In every size and shape and weight,/we witches came to celebrate.... Witches eight with mangy tresses danced with seven sorceresses." Asbury's illustrations don't gel. The color schemes appear to have been chosen at random so that there is no sense of continuity from page to page. The shapes and characters are neither pleasingly intriguing nor intriguingly scary. The print is large and the font, which often dips and dashes across the page, is charmingly Halloweenish. Occasionally the words are difficult to locate because they're mired in a cluttered illustration and/or printed in black ink against a dark background color. Stick with Prelutsky's Monday's Troll (1996), Awful Ogre's Awful Day (2001), The Dragons Are Singing Tonight (1993, all Greenwillow) or one of his enchantingly ghoulish Halloween books. Skip the Wild Witches' Ball.–Susan Weitz, Spencer-Van Etten Schools, Spencer, NY
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