Author: Leyland Perree
Illustrator: Stuart McGhee
Publication Date: October 11, 2013
Publisher: Independent – Ghostly Publishing
Number of pages: 30
Recommended age: 3 to 7
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Welcome to Witchington – a town with more Witches than you can wave a wand at. But how can you possibly tell them all apart? Have fun identifying the Witches in this bouncy, spell-binding exercise in observation. It’s the perfect excuse for grown-ups to join in too! From the creators of The Great Reef Race, Which Witch is Which? will have you cackling all over again.
1. What is the book about? The book is about all kinds of different witches who all look different from each other. On each page you have to find the witch they are talking about and at the end you have to try to match the picture of the witch to her name.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I like the cover of the book and I like the little spider on the cover. I like the pictures of the witches good enough, but they do look a little weird. On the page with the cat show, I couldn’t read some of the words because there were lines from the picture on top of them. It made it hard to read.
3. Which is your favorite witch? My favorite witch is Rosie because she looks the least weird.
4. Are the witches scary? What do you think of when you think of witches? The witches in the book are not scary. When I think about witches I think of pointy hats, wearing black, black cats, broomsticks, and warts.
5. Overall, what did you think about this book? I liked the book and I liked looking at the pictures of the witches.
6. Who do you think would like this book? I think kids under the age of 8 would like this book especially if they like witches.
Son Rating: ★★★★☆
Son Rating: ★★★★☆
My Thoughts: If you’ll remember, we reviewed another of Leyland Perree’s delightful picture books, The Great Reef Race earlier this year and we loved the fun story, the kid-friendly illustrations, and the important life lesson underlying the story. Which Witch is Which? is another fun picture book by Leyland Perree that will entertain young children and their caregivers alike.
In Which Witch is Which? the author uses alliteration and repetition along with fun and quirky illustrations of various witches, highlighting defining characteristics of each one through short rhyming verses, and inviting children to identify “which witch is which” on each page based on their description. The pictures of the witches are all quirky and unique. My favorite is Esther who rides a toilet brush!
At the end of the book, there is a gallery of the witches named in the story and children are invited to flip back through the book to find the name of each witch. To be clear, this is not intended to be a memory exercise, because there are too many witches (20!) I originally tried to memorize the witches, but by the end, I could only remember one or two! So, really it’s more of an “I Spy” scenario and is intended to hone children’s observation skills. By the end of the book, I couldn’t help but think that less witches may have been better because they all started to blur together; but, I do have to commend the author for coming up with 20 unique witches!
The author has once again joined forces with illustrator, Stuart McGhee, who does an outstanding job creating scenes for each verse that depict each witch in unique contexts and which include little elements of surprise not mentioned in the text (e.g., a U.F.O. flying alongside the witches on their broomsticks at night). These clever little add-ons allowed me to ask the question “what doesn’t belong in this scene?” and helped hold the children’s attention.
My Bottom Line: Leyland Perree, in collaboration with illustrator Stuart McGhee, has produced another quirky and fun picture book in Which Witch is Which? This is a great book for Halloween or year-round and is designed to help hone observation skills in young children. I recommend this book for children under the age of 8, especially those who love books about witches – there are lots of them in this book!
* This book was provided by us free-of-charge by the author in exchange for our honest opinion. All opinions expressed are our own. *
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