Mouldylocks

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9780395909454: Mouldylocks

On her birthday, Mouldylocks, a green-haired little witch, receives a broomstick that whisks her off to a surprise birthday party at Wizard Twittle's house. But when the party games go horribly wrong and the guests are all turned into insects, Mouldylocks has to muster all her witching skills to put things right. Surely she's had enough surprises for one day... Bold illustrations filled with ghoulish detail, combined with Bernard Lodge's offbeat sense of humor, make this a perfect read-aloud for Halloween or for that matter, anytime.

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About the Author:

Bernard Lodge is an award-winning graphic designer whose interest in woodcut prints led him to create children's books, including Tanglebird, and to illustrate, among others, Grandma went to Market, written by Stella Blackstone. He lives in Surrey, England.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-Mouldylocks, a little witch with long, green, wavy hair, is surprised when a mysterious magic broom is delivered to her house on the morning of her birthday. She and her black cat Hannibal climb aboard and are whisked away, eventually landing at a surprise party planned by Wizard Twittle and witches Mama Kano and Crabby Ann. The three adults quarrel during the games and turn one another into crawly creatures. Mouldylocks consults 101 Magic Spells, one of her birthday gifts, for help. The changing-back spell requires two missing ingredients, which she produces by using her other presents. Soon, the child's three friends are returned to normal, and the Wizard conjures up a gigantic birthday cake to thank her. This silly tale is told simply in short sentences. The text and woodcut-print pictures are well balanced and complement each other. The cartoon illustrations, which feature boldly colored shapes outlined in wide black lines, effectively portray action and expression, making the book an effective read-aloud. Pair this with Deborah Hautzig's Happy Birthday Little Witch (Random, 1985), a beginning reader that describes another mixed-up celebration.
Christina Dorr, Whitehall City Schools, OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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