Reviews for City Witch, Country Switch

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
City witch Mitzi and her country cousin Muffletump try out each others' worlds. Silly magic (e.g., turning a bus into a hayride and a pond into a bubble bath) helps them feel more at home, but only when a special spell is cast can the dissimilar though loving cousins harmonize. Funny details are tucked within the cheerfully busy watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2008 July #2
When country-cousin Muffletump shows up on Mitzi's urban doorstep, the two witches are thrilled finally to meet. But very quickly, Muffletump finds herself less than charmed with the hustle and bustle of city life, casting sweet-sounding spells to make herself more at home: "TWINKLY-WINKLY!" she cries to summon sheep to help her sleep. Likewise, when Mitzi ventures into Muffletump's woods, she finds rustic living more than she can bear. Can the two find a way to be happy together? The old city-mouse-country-mouse chestnut wears thin, particularly under the forced rhyme, but readers will enjoy the details of Gibala-Broxholm's illustrations, which make the most of the absurd situations. (Picture book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 October

K-Gr 3-- A rhyming story based on "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse." Mitzi is a city witch who returns home one night to an unexpected visitor, her country cousin, Muffletump, whom she has never met. Muffletump finds the city too noisy, crowded, and polluted, so she casts a few spells to make things more to her liking. When she decides it is time to head back to her country tree house, Mitzi tags along, and needs a few spells of her own to survive without her urban comforts. Finally, Mitzi returns to her city haunts and the cousins realize that they miss each other. They cast a final spell that allows them to be neighbors without sacrificing what makes them happy. Readers will enjoy the situation-changing spells. The illustrations are full of humor (some of which will be appreciated only by adults), including the wordplay built into the storefronts and signs. Libraries interested in fractured tales or nontraditional retellings may want to consider this one.--Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

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