There’s a Witch in Your Book

Random. (Who’s in Your Book?). Jul. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593125151.
Toddler-PreS–The book takeover continues! Previous “Who’s in Your Book” titles saw monster, alien, and superhero narrators prompting the audience to participate in the narrative, and this time, a plump, green-skinned witch brews up a mess. Children better be ready, for when they are encouraged to wipe it away, the witch grows cross. Spells are slung, then undone, as page by page the wackiness increases. Whether readers are asked to pop bubble bunnies or use a “magic finger wand” while reciting a spell, these invitations are loads of fun. Fletcher’s emphatic instructions and Abbott’s adorable color contrasted illustrations are well suited for toddlers and young children, but older kids will enjoy sitting in, too. All are left with a little lesson as well: It’s easy to tidy up a story, but in reality, there is no magic spell for cleaning up your own room.
VERDICT Like the others in the series, this entry has all the laughs kids could want, and it’s all fueled by readers’ actions. Perfect for handsy toddlers and preschoolers.–Rachel Forbes, Oakville P.L., Ont.

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