Friday, 19 September 2014
Review: I Want to be a Witch by Ian Cunliffe
Publisher: Caterpillar Books
Format: Large paperback
Released: August 28th, 2014
There are lots of things about being a witch that don't sound so good. Like having yucky green hair or cooking up smelly spells. Find out what happens when one little girl decides to make up her own witchy rules in this entertaining picture book by Ian Cunliffe.
I Want to Be a Witch is another excellent addition to the Halloween-themed picture books that will soon be turning up on book shelves everywhere. It's all about a little girl who wants to be a witch, but a good witch with nice spells rather than a bad witch with knobbly knees and green hair. She loves her cat and hates creepy crawlies, so the life of a good witch is right up her moonlit street.
Every time I read a picture book I'm in awe of the illustrations and how talented each artist is. In this case, Ian Cunliffe is the man behind the words and pictures, and his art is nothing shirt of fantastic. His bats and cats are my favourite, though I also like his depiction of a horrid green witch with warts and long fingernails. She's very Wizard of Oz!
I Want to Be a Witch is a really nice little story about a girl growing up and deciding what she wants to be. She knows the difference between good and bad, she's prepared to cast spells and she's even okay with encountering a bat or two. She's one determined wannabe witch, with a trusty cat companion and her own starry wand (if only being a witch was that easy!). I enjoyed this picture book and won't hesitate to recommend it to people who want a little bit of witchy fun in their lives. After all, you never know what you might grow up to be...