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Winnie the Witch lives in a black house. She has black chairs and black stairs, black floors and black doors. The trouble is that Winnie's cat, Wilbur, is also black. After sitting on him and tripping over him, Winnie decides to turn Wilbur into a green cat. But then he goes out into the long
grass! Winnie is going to need a little magic to make sure she can always see Wilbur...
A beautifully crafted story with a colourful final twist, this big book is ideal for sharing with a group.
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Korky Paul was born in Zimbabwe. He began his illustration career in Greece, working on a series of educational books. Prior to being published in the UK by Oxford University Press, he worked in advertising and studied film animation in California. His illustrated books have won numerous
awards, including the Children's Book Award on three occasions, and have been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award, also on three occasions. He now lives in Oxford with his wife and two children. Valerie Thomas was born in Australia and has lived there for most of her life. She has worked in
education for many years, teaching in schools in Australia and the UK. She also enjoys travelling and has visited most parts of the world. She used to share her house with a big black cat just like Wilbur from her 'Winnie the Witch' stories.
Winnie the witch has a black house. The interior of the house is also blackthe rooms, walls, furniture, utensils, etc. Her cat is Wilbur, black with bright green eyes. When Wilbur closes his eyes to doze off, he disappears into the background of Winnie's home, and she accidentally tramples himagain and again. This practical witch, who loves her feline friend, changes his color to green. But when he's outside in the grass, the problem recurs. She then waves her wand over him five times and turns him into a five-color cat, but Wilbur is mortified and climbs up a tree to hide. Winnie brings him back to his original state and instead uses colorization on the big black house. In true Halloween spirit, Paul's pictures of the witch's house are spooky and most imaginative. Her palette of gray, black and white in the opening pages reveals all the eerie details of Wilbur and Winnie's existence, and the technicolor transformation is a startling surprise. Thomas's story is simply stated, with a cauldron-full of original humor. Ages 4-8.
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