Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch (Hardcover)


Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch (Hardcover)

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.

Grimelda’s house may not be tidy, but it’s cozy, and that’s just the way she likes it. Grimelda says only ‘proper’ witches have a house that is ‘messed’.  There is dirt and grime everywhere, which delights her so, but when she can’t find the main ingredient to make her famous pickle pie, she knows she has some tidying up to do.  As she begins to clean-up, Grimelda finds all sorts of items that she thought she had lost and by the end of the day she FINDS her pickle root!  Yay!  As she goes into a cleaning fury, her house gets messed again and she realizes that she has once again lost her ingredient.  Oops!  Perhaps there is a difference of being messy and being messily organized!  Ha.  Readers who enjoyed Norman Bridwell’s classic The Witch Next Door will love this funny, charming story that is perfect for Halloween and all the messy households that need a little help straightening up.

About the Author:  Diana Murray grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her husband, two very messy children, and a goldfish named Pickle. Diana’s award-winning poems have appeared in magazines such as Highlights, High Five, Spider, and Ladybug. Diana is the author of several forthcoming picture books, including CITY SHAPES, NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA THE VERY MESSY WITCH, and GROGGLE’S MONSTER VALENTINE.

About the Illustrator:  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.

Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch (Hardcover)

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