Look out! The witch's children are coming and that means TROUBLE! Out in the park one windy day, they try out their magic: Gemma's turned into a frog, the ice cream van into a coach, the squirrels into footmen. But then the witch's children don't know how to break the spells! How will they return everything to normal? Get Mum to sort it out, of course! Ages 3+.
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(295mm x 242mm x 3mm)
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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Pigeons and squirrels beat hasty retreats when a trio of witch children saunters into the park one breezy day. But it's in vain, for soon the birds have been transformed into fat footmen, the squirrels into soldiers, the ice-cream lady into a fair princess, and an unwary child named Gemma into a frog, then a handsome prince. "Change us back," all demand, but the children shrug, admitting that they don't know how. In spacious cartoons, Ayto shows the park's dismayed residents changing, stage by stage, as wind-driven bats and bugs flutter about and the youngest of the witch children stands by, laughing heartily. It's that same youngster, though, who ultimately calls on her one bit of magic-"MOMMY!"-and down from the clouds sweeps a pointy-nosed parent on a push broom, to set everything to rights. Just like real life. "Sorcerer's apprentice" fans will enjoy this airy variation on a theme. (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Ursula Jones
Ursula Jones is the author of The Witch's Children, and The Witch's Children and the Queen, winner of the 2003 Nestle Gold Award, the Witch's Children go to School, winner of 2008 inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Ursula is an actress and author, and lives in France and London. Russell was born in Chichester, Sussex and bought up in Oxfordshire. At school he loved both drawing and sciences and once thought about becoming a zoologist. He has worked in a medical laboratory and as as postman, but his favourite job is being an artist! The thing he loves best is the chance to be creative and use his imagination to make characters come to life. He has illustrated many picture books and been shortlisted for the Nestle Award, the Mother Goose Award and the Blue Peter Book Awards, and won the 2008 inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize for the Witch's Children go to School.