Twitchy witchy Itch

Priscilla Tey

Book - 2021

"When her guests arrive for tea, Itch the witch finds her housekeeping going haywire and learns that being with friends is what really matters"--

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Subjects
Genres
Humorous fiction
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Audience
3-7 years.
ISBN
9780763689810
0763689815
Main Author
Priscilla Tey (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The countdown is on to "tea o'clock" as Itch the witch prepares to have two neighbors over for a cuppa in Tey's community-oriented tale. As she sets out three cups and saucers, "a worry tickled Itch's brain./ Was the house a wee bit too twitchy?/Was Itch's home too itchy?" With onomatopoeic verve, she magically tidies signs of mess away (the external "itch" resembles sproingy dust bunnies, which may be confusing for literal-minded readers). But when guests Fidget and Glitch arrive, Itch's house transforms again—Tey's artwork cleverly mimics the shifting appearance of a person fidgeting, and the flickering, blurred look of a computer glitching. Another spell clears things up a little too thoroughly, though, and Itch realizes she'd much rather be with her fidgeting, glitching guests in her itchy home than in a clean house without them. Throughout, the digital and gouache illustrations offer myriad patterns and colors to explore. Ages 4–8. (June) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"When her guests arrive for tea, Itch the witch finds her housekeeping going haywire and learns that being with friends is what really matters"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When her guests arrive for tea, Itch the witch finds her housekeeping going haywire and learns that being with friends is what really matters. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Visual hijinks abound as a nervous witch gets swept away with trying to tidy up before company comes—only to discover that being with friends is what really matters.Tick, tock! Three cups. Tick, tock! Three saucers.With nine minutes left, everything was ready.Or was it?Itch the witch is having company over for tea. As the clock counts down to tea o’clock, Itch’s mind is in a tizzy: is her house too twitchy? Is her home too itchy? Zipping and zooming, dusting and brooming, Itch sweeps and bewitches the mess away (just in the nick of time). But as soon as her two guests walk in, Itch’s housekeeping comes unraveled. How will Itch tame such an itchy, glitchy, fidgety mess? Rising star Priscilla Tey uses computer-aided design (and evokes familiar computer glitches) to present a delightfully meta, intricately illustrated story that dazzles as it amuses.