Title: Rita Wants a Witch
Author: Márie Zepf
Illustrator: Mr Ando
Publisher: Graffeg
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
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Description:  Meet Rita.  She’s a little girl with very big ideas.  Rita wants a witch for some madly magical mayhem.  She could make spells and potions and fly around all night on a broomstick.  But what if the witch scares her friends away?  Or gives her stinky food to eat?

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is a fun story and with some really wonderful and colourful illustrations.  Rita wants a lot of things, but this time she wants a witch, she loves Halloween and thinks that having a witch would be so great!  A witch can help tidy her room, annoy the school bullies, etc.  But then a witch might also cause problems, does Rita really want a witch after all?  The paperback is filled with thick matt pages of some very colourful illustrations and text.

Rita Wants a Witch book page image one
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The story is so simple and I love how Rita at first wants the witch as she can only think of the good things a witch can bring, but then starts to wonder if it’s really a good idea after all, once she starts to think of all the negatives that could happen in having a witch around. The story is good and  the illustrations that really make this tale all the more interesting and fun to read.  Every page is filled with such colourful and striking illustrations.  Rita’s witch is a classic style witch with green skin, a pointed chin and nose, and warts on her face.  I just love all the things Rita and her witch get up to, the expressions on the characters seen clearly on their faces.  I just love all the witchy scary things in each picture to spot like the various items that are bubbling in the cauldron.  Every picture is a delight to look at and I love how bold the colours are too.  It just makes me want to look at this book again and again just to see what Rita and the witch get up to.

Rita Wants a Witch book page image two
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I do like this book, the story is a bit simple but I like the way it ends and how this theme will probably run throughout the ‘Rita Wants’ series of books, this being the first.  The illustrations really make this book come to life more than the story alone, and I think lots of children will enjoy Rita’s latest adventure in wanting a witch for Halloween.


What do you think of this book?  Do you like witches?  Let me know in the comments below 🙂