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The would-be witch
Chew, Ruth, author, illustrator.
First Random House edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 2014.

Physical Description:
122 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
When a small white cat follows them home from Zelda's antique store, Robin and Andy find themselves in the middle of an adventure involving magic polish that brings anything it touches to life, and a coven of would-be witches.
General Note:
"A Stepping Stone book"--Title page.

Originally published: New York : Dodd, Mead & Company, ©1976.
Reading Level:
520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 2.0 169431.


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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area

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A little bit of magic can mean big adventure!

Andy and Robin are stuck doing chores with an old bottle of silver polish. But when they use it, incredible things happen. The salt and pepper shakers don't get shiny-they turn into birds! The dustpan doesn't clean-it starts flying! And when Andy and Robin tuck the birds' feathers behind their ears, they shrink until they're small enough to fly the dustpan out into the night. Where will their magical ride take them?

Author Notes

RUTH CHEW was born in Minneapolis and studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Working as a fashion artist, she started writing stories about witches for the youngest of her five children. The first of these, The WednesdayWitch, was a big hit, and her new career was born. Ruth Chew went on to write twenty-nine tales of magic and fantasy that have enchanted generations of readers.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Fantasy author Chew knew how to tempt kids: spells, witches, wizards, and sea serpents were all to be found in her burgeoning bag of tricks. Starting in 2013, with No Such Thing as a Witch, and Three Witch Tales, and What the Witch Left, Random House has been rereleasing her books, jazzed up with new jacket art, under the series title "A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book." These offerings all retain Chew's classic black-and-white illustrations, and there's even an Easter egg for readers with a love of all things vintage (removing the dust jacket reveals the old covers by Chew, still intact). Each of these latest rereleases follows a different boy-girl pair through an exhilarating adventure, packed with whimsical details and kid-friendly thrills. In Magic in the Park, Jennifer, a newcomer to Brooklyn, explores Prospect Park with her friend Mike, discovering a strange-and possibly magical-old man who feeds the birds, while in The Would-be Witch, siblings Andy and Robin shrink down to the size of mice and ride a magical flying dustpan, only to find themselves in the company of witches. These titles will attract a new generation of budding fantasy fans. Look for new editions of Chew's other books, still to come. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.