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There Was an Old Witch
There Was an Old Witch
Author: Howard W. Reeves, David Catrow (Illustrator)
ISBN-13: 9780786814923
ISBN-10: 0786814926
Publication Date: 8/1/2000
Pages: 32
Reading Level: Baby-Preschool
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.

4.7 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Paperback
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Instead of an "Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," this Halloween story features an old witch who wants a bat. In the course of her search for the nocturnal animal, she captures a cat, creates a creature, unearths a mummy, assembles a skeleton, and conjures a haunt. At the somewhat anticlimactic ending, readers discover why she wants the bat-for "Nothing more/than to adorn/her Halloween hat!" A lively refrain invites participation: "I know why/she wanted the bat./But I won't tell you that." The watercolor and pen-and-ink pictures are more fun than fierce and include a lot of color and humor.