The Three Little Witches by Georgie Adams and Emily Bolam

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The Three Little Witches by Georgie Adams and Emily Bolam

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Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Ruth Ng
Reviewed by Ruth Ng
Summary: An entertaining story, with fabulous illustrations.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 96 Date: September 2010
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
ISBN: 978-1444000801

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What happens when three little witches decide to throw a Halloween party? This entertaining story takes us through their decisions over who to invite: Baby Dragon and Wizard Wink are definite, but what about the naughty little witch called Melissa? Then once the invitations have been sent they need to clean the house, await every one's replies, shop for the party and finally host the Halloween celebrations.

There are colourful, funny illustrations throughout this story that really add to the tale. I particularly liked all the different replies the little witches get to their party invites, complete with spelling mistakes. They all take a different format, so you're wondering through each chapter whose reply will arrive next. It makes it a really fun story to read for someone who is just beginning to gain confidence with reading, as you not only need to read the story's text but there are also bits of text to read within the pictures too, with a map of the area the witches live in, or a picture of all the different rooms in their house, as well as the invitation replies.

It's also a lovely book to read aloud, with calendars and clocks that sing little rhymes to the witches, mischievous cookery books, spells and broomstick races. I initially thought it would be limited to children reading it for themselves as an early reader but my three year old caught sight of it in my reading pile and demanded I read it to her. She sat riveted throughout the whole book and has since requested it again and again. I think the fact that the pictures are on every page, in colour, and that they really do illustrate the action helped a lot, as well as the fact that there are funny things going on throughout the story.

I personally find that the story works best if you read it all in one go, rather than stopping after each chapter, although the fact that it is divided into eight chapters means those reading by themselves don't have to struggle on for 90 pages without a break. But this is an excellent book for both sharing aloud with older toddlers, or for early readers to get to grips with. Highly recommended!

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to The Bookbag.

Further reading suggestion: Some other early readers that you might like to try:

It Moved! by Anne Fine

Lost! The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong

Flotsam and Jetsam and the Stormy Surprise by Tanya Landman

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