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Witch words : poems of magic and mystery
Fisher, Robert, 1943-
Publication Information:
London : Faber, 1987.
Physical Description:
70 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Format :

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. Lore, legend, and superstition about witches find apt expression through old ballads, charms, and the poems of writers such as Ian Serrailler, Ben Jonson, Ted Hughes, Robert Herrick, Robert Graves, Eleanor Farjeon, Walter de la Mare, Mary Coleridge, William Shakespeare, and T. H. White. A line drawing, shaded with cross-hatching, decorates each double-page spread with a suitably spooky or, occasionally, comical illustration. Oddly, this volume of mainly British poems on witchcraft ends with a Yuma Indian evocation for a good spirit to banish bad dreams. While some readers may be seeking an antidote to old world magic, others may simply enjoy a good case of the shivers. While not a first choice for poetry collections, this may be a good selection for libraries where spooky offerings are in demand. CP. 821'.008 Magic-Poetry / Witchcraft-Poetry

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up Enchantment abounds in this rich poetry collection filled with the magic and mystery promised by the book's subtitle. Fisher has chosen a wide variety of verses by authors ranging from Shakespeare to two nine year olds who capture the mood of this genre. Some selections are sinister or gory; others offer scary fun, intriguing riddles, or captivating nonsense. There are several incantations including the one from ``Macbeth.'' ``Witch Nastee Spella's Hallowe'en Stew'' by Wes Magee and ``Recipe'' by Shelagh McGee show the fun involved in using language. Both could easily trigger student attempts at original poetry. Included also are selections by masters such as Walter de la Mare, Robert Herrick, Robert Graves, and Eleanor Farjeon. Old English ballads provide poetic music. Felts' pen-and-ink illustrations come alive on each page, offering humor, wonder, and mystery. These round out an excellent anthology which, like Fisher's earlier collections, Amazing Monsters (1982) , Ghosts Galore (1983) , and Funny Folk (1986, all Faber) , could hook youngsters on poetry. Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.