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How to Outwit Witches

Garrigue, Roland (Illustrator)
Insight 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
Series: How to Banish Fears
ISBN: 9781608871933 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, dialogue

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This cheerful story turns the tables on scary witches, with simple instructions on the many ways they may be foiled. Be they “clever witches,” “witches who cast spells,” or witches on broomsticks, this book has an antidote. “Go grab the vacuum . . . climb on quickly and vroom! They’ll never snatch you!”

Whimsical how-to guide provides instructions and quirky strategies to outsmart witches. Fun, imaginative language addresses potential Halloween-inspired fears.

Humorous images in intense colour and expressive lines using brush and ink technique show scenes of confident children who use the witches’ own wands against them, stamp on poisoned apples and spy on nocturnal rituals. In one image, brilliant fireworks explode out of the witches’ house—making skull and dragon shapes in dark sky, while eradicating all tools of witchy mischief.

In a final instruction, the book brings bravery and empowerment into the hands of readers: “And if you see [a witch] on this page, SLAM the book shut!”

  •  

    Brainstorm what you know about witches. Organize your ideas into categories such as the characteristics of a witch, famous witches, witch behaviour.

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    Invent some dialogue between the children and the witches that is appropriate for the illustrations. Act out a skit based on your dialogue.

  •  Write a letter to the children from the point of view of one of the witches.
  •  With a partner, draw a character map with what you already know about witches. Add to it as the book is read aloud.
  •  

    On a picture walk, discuss the various characters.

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    As the book is read aloud, discuss from which fairy tale each situation is taken (e.g. the shiny poisoned apple comes from Snow White).

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    Compare the witches' actions to the children’s counteractions. Discuss why children would need to outwit witches.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To use information