The Very Messy Witch
Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062264480, 32pp.
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Grimelda’s house may not be tidy, but it’s cozy, and that’s just the way she likes it. She also likes pickle pie. There’s only one problem—she can’t find the main ingredient in her messy house! Readers who enjoyed Norman Bridwell’s classic The Witch Next Door will love this funny, charming story about the everyday life of a witch.
With a repeating refrain and lively, rhyming text, Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch is perfect for reading aloud with a child at Halloween as well as all year round, or for an emerging reader to enjoy on their own. The vibrant illustrations by Crafty Chloe illustrator Heather Ross provide plenty of fun things for readers to discover on repeated reads.
About the Author
Diana Murray is the author of several picture books, including Ned the Knitting Pirate, illustrated by Leslie Lammle, and City Shapes, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Her poems have been featured in magazines such as Highlights for Children and Spider. She lives outside New York City with her husband, two very messy children, a goldfish named Pickle, and an impressive sock collection. You can visit her online at www.dianamurray.com. Special thanks to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for the Barbara Karlin Grant.
Heather Ross is an illustrator, author, and textile designer. She is the illustrator of How to Behave at a Tea Party by Madelyn Rosenberg, as well as the Crafty Chloe books by Kelly DiPucchio. She also wrote the bestselling craft books Weekend Sewing and Heather Ross Prints. Heather's own dog, Lobo, currently holds a regional title for Smelliest Pup. She lives in New York City.
Praise For Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch…
— Kirkus Reviews
“Both endearing and amusing. Playful, singsong rhymes will hold readers’ attentions while making Grimelda’s plight (having to clean her messy space) relatable. Bright, cartoonlike digital illustrations emphasize Grimelda’s haphazard life, and the circular ending will have readers giggling.”
— Horn Book Magazine
“Murray packs playful comedy into her rhyming verse and Ross creates a chaotically cozy swamp dwelling for Grimelda.”
— Publishers Weekly
Praise for Heather Ross’s artwork in CRAFTY CHLOE: DRESS-UP MESS-UP: “Ross’s spirited drawings, rendered in pencil and colored digitally, keep the action bouncing along.”
— School Library Journal
Praise for Heather Ross’s artwork in HOW TO BEHAVE AT A TEA PARY: “Photoshop digitally composed illustrations leave plenty of white space and feature brightly colored, energetic, and engaging scenes with action galore.”
— ALA Booklist