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Author: Wendy Wax

Illustrator: Scott Gibala Broxholm

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, ©2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Muffletump, the country witch. Came to the city to see her cousin Mitzi. But she couldn't sleep ... there was too much noise. So with a witchy spell, the apartment was filled with the sound of sheep. Poor Mitzi couldn't sleep! When she took Muffletump on a tour, she kept complaining - and changing things for the "better." When Mitzi went to visit Muffletump, her allergies acted up ... and she used a few witchy spells to make some changes. Mitzi and Muffletump have fun, but are their worlds too different? This is a book about friendship that young readers can enjoy for themselves.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed with almost every spell. She wanted to be able to turn the air into cotton candy and eat a field full of pizza. We read this one several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun story, and not completely predictable. Mitzi and Muffletump have lots of personality. The illustrator does a wonderful job giving the cousins style - I loved the swim goggles on Mitzi!

Pros: Two sassy witches and some cute spells create a book that is fun to read out loud together. The story is presented in conversation, so it can double as an easy reader.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun story to share. Don't get tripped up thinking it is a Halloween book. Other than the fact that Mitzi and Muffletump are witches, there is nothing seasonal about it.

If You Liked This Book, Try: INSIDE MOUSE, OUTSIDE MOUSE   IN THE CITY (Tell me, Tell Me, What Do You See series)   ADELE AND SIMON IN AMERICA

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, friendship, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2014

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