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Monday, October 12, 2009

Halloween Fun: A Job for Wittilda by Caralyn and Mark Buehner

Hello, everyone!  Welcome back to another week here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!  Happy to see all the new faces floating about and the "old" friends as well (not literally see, but of course, you know that!).  It's been busy busy busy around here but I will keep you posted to all the comings and goings.  Tomorrow is the release of "Hush, Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick.  (YAY!) For any of you that may not have heard of the book (GASP!) or author (double GASP!), feel free to brush up on a little information regarding both via my review, interview, or her website

Next week we have another book tour coming through with a chance to win a great prize pack....stay tuned for more info.  Last but not least, the last week of October we will be holding an extra special contest with the help of a great YA author I've sure you've all heard of.  She's pretty "wicked" to be sharing of her "possessions" with us for the contest so be sure to check it out! (Yes, those ARE hints as to whom the author is!)  That's all for now....and with the show!  The focus of today's post is on a little Halloween fun!  Today's book choice is....

A Job for Wittilda
Caralyn and Mark Buehner

The story of one kind-hearted witch that stays her ground no matter the circumstances and shows the world you can do what's right and still end up on top!  Wittilda is a cat do you know this?  Well apart from the cover, the story says as much....since she has 47 little ones to care for.  (Yep, 47!  I'm a pet lover too, but that's even a bit much for me!)  In true storybook day the cupboard was bare, leaving hungry little kitties to contend with.  What's a girl to do?  Well short of magically making more food or money appear, we are left with the obvious choice....get a job! 

Yes, our little literary hero-in-the-making is tuned in to today's modern world despite her affection for so many fuzzy friends.  Getting a job for most is rather easy (with today's ecomony aside of course), it's all a matter of choosing what you are interested in most or at least willing to do to make the dough you seek (just being honest!).  For someone as unique as Wittilda, that gets a little trickier.  Hairdresser, delivery girl?  She tries one and all....but witch, I mean which, one will fit her nature as well as help her with nurturing her little friends?  Take a quick break with this trickless Halloween treat to find out!

The cover of this delightful tail....I mean tale, was enough to draw me in!  Such a cute assortment of kittens with an industrious little witch peering out at you, how could I resist?  The pictures within the book are just are great...kind of a cross between a drawing and a painting with beautiful colors to draw the eye of a child as well as those that just want a little holiday fun (GUILTY!).  The rhyming style reminded me of the infamous "Twas the Night Before Christmas", so although you may not be familiar with this particular story or author, it welcomes you as an old friend.  It is a quick read (children's picture book, but of course) but definitely time well spent!

Since the Halloween festivites are fast approaching, let's make them the focus of this query....out of the costumes you've worn over the years, which one was your favorite and why?  If you didn't dress up for the holiday, choose your favorite that you've seen out and about!

Mine...I think I would say Snow White.  It was (okay, is) a really pretty costume I picked up at our local Target store for a trip down to Disney's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  It was a blast and the costume got rave reviews!  (Yes, my hair was short and dark like hers so I actually had one child think I WAS her...I played along for the grateful parents sake.)  =0)

As always, your feedback and comments are welcome!
Until next time....happy reading!


Michelle Santiago said...

i read it to my kindergarteners when i was doing my student teaching and they loved it (and it wasn't even halloween then)! awesome book :)

Felicity Grace Terry said...

I've obviously got some research to do as I haven't heard of Hush, Hush or indeed it's author, sorry.

Love the look of the book though - all those cats.

Gina said...

Michelle: That's great! I would imagine both the story and artwork would be a hit with the kiddies...and since it's not specific to Halloween, a great anytime read!

Petty Witter: GASP! Never heard of the book nor the author! No sweat....just check out my quick review and author interview! =0)
The cover caught my eye as well! It's just so...cute! (sorry. that's the best word I can think of and so appropriate in this case!)

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sincerely delicious cover.

Pop Culture Nerd said...

I've heard of the book but have never read the author since I don't read a lot of YA. Is that gasp-worthy?

My fave costume was when my husband and I went as Calvin & Hobbes (I was Hobbes). He made my costume out of an orange turtleneck, cap and leggings; cut up a towel to give me a white fuzzy belly, and bought little white terry-cloth gloves. He used skinny black tape to give me stripes. It was the best homemade costume ever, considering it was made with love (we had become friends at work only after finding out we were both passionate fans of C&H).

Gina said...

Juju: I know...the cover is so cute!

Pop Culture Nerd: Definitely gasp-worthy! =0)
I love the costume! So creative, fun, and yet original (haven't seen it commericially done either!). Homemade ones work out the best sometimes.

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