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Which witch is which?
Barrett, Judi.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2001]

Physical Description:
31 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
Rhyming text and illustrations present an assortment of witches in silly situations.
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Which witch fell in a ditch?
Is it the one riding on a broom?
Is it the one holding a balloon?
Is it the one looking at the moon?
Or is it the one eating a prune?
Judi Barrett, author of the classic, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and its sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh, offers young readers a fabulous new concept book that will tickle their funny bones while challenging their perceptual abilities. Each colorful page encourages the child to find the "right" witch in a group of witches, all unique and in very imaginative settings. Sharleen Collicott's wonderful illustrations depict them with inventive charm and whimsy. The clever, rhyming clues are in the form of questions and even after the correct answer is revealed, children will want to revisit, over and over again, this most delightful and unusual bunch of witches.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. Barrett, who wrote the classic Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1982), again skews reality with fantastic situations and jokey wordplay. Barrett is aided and abetted by illustrator Collicott, whose eye-popping gouache paintings deliver just the right kind of creepy-crawly landscapes--jam-packed with creatures, some cute, some mildly menacing. Each double-page spread asks a question that focuses on identifying the correct witch in an illustration, for instance, "Which witch has an itch?" Multiple-choice answers are offered: "The one on the rug? The one who looks smug?" The rhymes on witch get more and more ridiculous, while the paintings sustain interest with pointy-hatted animals--domestic, wild, and completely made-up--and a landscape that offers all sorts of weird surprises: hills with glowering faces, interiors packed with sumptuous draperies and foods. Not just a Halloween romp, this offers year-round involvement and fun. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

Specific questions and elaborate illustrations complicate this hide-and-seek game, whose "witches" are animals in pointed hats. Every spread presents five queries opposite a detailed full-bleed image. For instance, "Which witch looks radiantly rich?" refers to six white rabbits having tea. All wear billowy gowns, but one drips with jewels. The answer may be evident, but more questions take the investigation further. "Is it the one feeling hot?" (A sweaty rabbit fans herself.) "Is it the one stirring a pot?" (A rabbit in a patched hat tends a teakettle.) "Is it the one eating an apricot?" (The bejeweled rabbit nibbles an orange fruit.) Barrett, author of I Knew Two Who Said Moo, tirelessly repeats the title's formula on each new page, rhyming the homonyms "which witch" with "itch," "switch" and "glitch." Collicott's (Toestomper and the Caterpillars) appropriately weird gouaches feature look-alike groups, from polar bears to newts to chameleons, in creepy swamps or decadent interiors. Her near-identical witches wear patterned garments and make subtle movements; a lion palms a gold coin in "Which witch is a sneaky snitch?" The puzzles lose their luster as they are solved, but Barrett's numerous clues and Collicott's intricate visuals delay that inevitable fading. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Barrett uses cartoon animals dressed as witches to help children distinguish different elements in the pictures. The rhyming text prompts readers to find the witch "trying to hitch," "about to pitch," or "learning to stitch." However, young children trying to decipher these busy illustrations are likely to become frustrated. The combination of unfamiliar vocabulary (jig, glum, smug, ghoul) and a difficulty in matching text and picture, such as "Is it the one who is Lean-Or is it the one who is clean" (the lean one looks just as clean as the others), detracts from any enjoyment that the book might offer.-Shara Alpern, The Free Library of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.