Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Alice and Greta

Alice and Greta

Steven J. Simmons
Illustrator:  Cyd Moore 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Charlesbridge Publishing, 1997   ISBN: 978-0881069761

Alice and Greta are a pair of witches. Now, though they both went to the same school and though they both learned the same magical principals and spells, you couldn't find a more unalike pair of witches if you tried. Alice uses her magic to help others and to undo evil spells. Greta meanwhile uses the very same spells to leave chaos, mayhem and unhappiness in her wake. Clearly Greta has forgotten one very important magical rule that she and Alice were taught at Miss Mildred Mildew's School of Magic. The rule states that "whatever you chant/ whatever you brew/ Sooner or later comes back to you."

Greta gets to see this principal work when she casts one too many wicked spells. One day she has a wonderful time attacking a group of children, and Alice, with a million very sticky marshmallows. Then Alice decides to try a spell of her own and Greta is made to regret every nasty thing she has ever done.

Children will love to see how Greta gets her just, and very sticky, desserts for all the wicked spells she has concocted. Lively illustrations complete with sound effects and spells, make this the perfect book for every aspiring little witch.