I Want To Be a Witch – Ian Cunliffe

 I Want To Be a Witch – Ian Cunliffe, Tiger Tales, (9781589254954), 2016

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 2

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Bright illustrations accompany this story about a little girl who wants to be a witch.  She tells the reader that she wants to be a nice witch with a sparkly hat, a cat companion, a magic wand and a flying broomstick.  She does not want green hair and warts, she does not want to do mean spells like turning he brother into a frog, and she does not like scary things such a bats and spiders. She wants to be a nice witch just like her mom.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The book is  bit confusing at times.  For instance, when the narrator tells us that “I wouldn’t want to make friends with scary witches,” the illustrations shows her at the playground with young girls in witch hats, denoting bullies.  The book seems to be straddling both reality and fantasy.

To whom would you recommend this book?  An additional purchase at best.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/2/17             

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