The Witch's Children

By Ursula Jones; Russell Ayto (Illustrator)
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805072051, 32pp.)

Publication Date: May 2003

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A warm and funny tale with a bit of magic every child can use.

One windy day the witch’s children went to the park . . .

Look out! The witch’s children are coming and that means trouble!
They are only trying to be helpful when they turn Gemma into a frog, the ice-cream van into a golden coach, and the pigeons into footmen. But then the witch’s children don’t know how to break the spells! How will they return everything to normal? Fortunately, the youngest child knows one bit of magic. It goes like this: “Mom!”

This funny and reassuring picture book is exuberantly illustrated and perfect for reading aloud.

About the Author

Ursula Jones wanted to be a vet when she grew up, and then she went to drama school and became an actress instead. She has written a number of plays for children, but The Witch’s Children is her first picture book. Ms. Jones lives in France, on the edge of the forest of Vaour.

Russell Ayto has illustrated more than a dozen books for children, including Cinderella and the Hot Air Balloon, You’ll Grow Soon, Alex, and Farmer Smart’s Fat Cat. He lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and their two children.

Praise For The Witch's Children

A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Blue Ribbon" title

"This lighthearted bit of witchy whimsy hits the mark and bounces off, giggling." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred

Bookshelf --The New York Times Book Review (

"Jones's debut contains some derivative elements, but along with them come amusing asides and a reassuring resolution. Ayto's quirky, angular art delivers much of the volume's humor." --Publishers Weekly

"An entertaining romp, sure to please." --School Library Journal

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