The Little Green Witch
Product Code: 90427
Binding Information: Hardback
Ages: 3 - 6
Grade Highest: 1st
Grade Lowest: Pre-K
Availability: In stock
The little green witch has a problem: her lazy monster friends just won't help her make a horrible pumpkin pie. Not ghost, nor bat, nor gremlin.
Barbara McGrath's feisty retelling of "The Little Red Hen," with martha Alexander's charming illustrations, is the perfect choice for Halloween fun.
Kirkus Reviews - June 30, 2005Alexander's soft-textured, colored-pencil illustrations convey a sweetness decidedly at odds with the verbal tone of this "Little Red Hen" remake. One day Little Green Witch find some pumpkin seeds in the garden's carefully tended muck. She gets no help from the ghost, gremlin and bat with whom she shares a hollow tree, either in doing the "unhousework," or in growing the pumpkins and carving the resultant jack-o'-lanterns. She not only declines to share her well-burnt pumpkin-gloop pie at the end, but she turns all three of her lazy housemates into little red hens. Clad in a conical hat, ragged shift and pink panties, the childlike witch has a ready smile that looks friendly rather than malicious, even in the closing scene, and the illustrator's efforts to uglify the house and garden only make them look comfortably inviting. As Barry Downard's Little Red Hen (2004), Ann Whitford Paul's Mañana, Iguana (2004) and many other examples attest, the tale lends itself to offbeat riffs--but here the dissonance gets in the way of the humor.
School Library Journal - August 31, 2005Halloween's answer to "The Little Red Hen." While her hollow-tree housemates (a ghost, a bat, and a gremlin) laze around, the little witch does all the "unhousework" --hanging the cobwebs, dirtying the laundry, etc. When she finds some pumpkin seeds and plants them, she discovers that her friends are stubbornly unhelpful at every stage. While the little green witch's question is always, "Who will help me...," the answers are divertingly varied: "'Can't hear you,' said the bat." "'Water, schmater,' grouched the gremlin." As readers will expect, when the witch takes her pumpkin pie out of the oven, everyone is willing to help her eat it. Equally predictable is her refusal to share it. But she has an extra comeuppance up her ragged sleeve, one that will make readers laugh out loud. McGrath has done a fine job of meeting expectations while introducing surprises at every turn. Her gentle humor is amplified by Alexander's sweet and funny watercolor-pastel illustrations. Details like a Mickey Mouse cup on the shelf, a wood crate labeled "Apples," and a cookie jar shaped like a little red hen can be discovered in succesive readings. Children will enjoy this book before, during, and after Halloween.
Through The Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews" - July 1, 2011Somewhere and once upon a time, a little green witch lived in a twisted hollow tree with a ghost, a bat, and a gremlin. The witch’s companions refused to help her when there was “unhousework” to be done, so she had to do it all by herself. One day the witch found some pumpkin seeds and she decided to plant them. The ghost, bat, and gremlin refused to help her do any of the planting, watering, or harvesting. They were not interested in helping to “scoop the yuck and gloop from the pumpkins.” They won’t carve the pumpkins or participate in making a “monstrous pumpkin pie.” What they don’t expect is that the little green witch is not as big a pushover as they think she is, and they better be careful. This witchy version of the story of the Little Red Hen is sure to entertain young readers who like witches, ghosts, and other beasties and monsters that go bump in the night. This would make a great title to read around harvest time or Halloween.