Thursday, May 26, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book one hundred and forty-six

I used to think that the main purpose of picture books is to entertain children. I now know better. They also help children to see how beautiful the written word can be. They convey important messages that children need to hear. They tell stories about people, times, and places.

Since I started this picture book celebration, I have reviewed all kinds of picture books, many of which make the reader stop and think. Today's picture book is more light hearted. It explores the way a witch tries to solve a puzzling problem, and it is funny!

Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas
Picture Book
Ages 4 to 8
HarperCollins, 2007, 978-0061173127
   Winnie is a witch with a fondness for the color black. In fact she likes it so much that her entire house is black inside and out. In addition, Winnie’s cat Wilbur is also black, which is not surprising when one considers that he is a witch’s cat. Winnie can see Wilbur in her house when he has his lovely green eyes open, but when he dozes off, which is something cats do a lot, then Winnie can’t see him at all because he blends in perfectly with her very black house. Winnie ends up sitting on Wilbur, and tripping over him again and again, until she finally gets fed up. With a wave of her wand Winnie turns Wilbur from a black cat into a bright green cat.
   This new state of affairs works very well until Wilbur goes outside for a breath of fresh air. On the grass, Wilbur becomes invisible, and once again he trips up his mistress who ends up in a very prickly rose bush. Clearly Winnie is going to have to come up with another solution.
   A delightful tale with very amusing and highly detailed multimedia illustrations, this story is sure to entertain the young and the not-so-young with its simple story and droll characters.

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