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The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders (Olive Beatrix #1)

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Meet twin sisters Olive and Beatrix! One is a witch. One is totally not-a-witch.

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Scholastic Inc.
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Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
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This little book from Scholastic doesn't have reading level information attached to it yet, but the story and plot indicate to me that it's a practice reader for early elementary aged children -- probably 2nd grade. The font is mid-size and there are conversation balloons. The number of sentences run from 2 to 3 per page --except for pages with balloon conversations. Some sentences are short while others are compound. I'll give you some examples:

Eddie and I have had enough.
If there
Thank you @kidlitexchange for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

Olive and Beatrix are twins, but that’s about all they have in common. Olive is very smart, enjoys reading and especially loves science. Her sister, Beatrix, is a witch and uses magic to solve everything. She also really loves playing pranks and practical jokes on people. One day a prank goes terribly wrong and the sisters are left dealing with quite a few big, hairy spiders. Armed wi
i thought it was good because i really like comics but it was really easy
Katie Fitzgerald
Olive and Beatrix are twins. Because she was born at midnight under a full moon, Beatrix is a witch, but Olive was born two minutes later, so she is just an ordinary girl. In this, the first adventure of a new series, the two girls team up with next door neighbor Eddie to defeat a group of giant spiders who begin to take over the neighborhood after a seemingly harmless prank on Beatrix goes magically awry.

This book is instantly appealing because of its full-color illustrations. Created using a s
This was a fun mix of magic and science - sort of. The magic really takes over and I wish there had been a little more emphasis on how the science knowlege was able to solve the problems. I'm all for some fun magic in a book, but this one needed just a tad more balance between the two.

That being said, it was the book my son took to bed with him every night for a couple weeks. He loves the pictures and the addition of the giant spiders makes this story appealing to little boys even though it has
Juliana Lee
Summary: Olive and Beatrix are twin sisters. Olive is a regular kid, but her twin sister Beatrix is a witch. Olive and her best friend, Eddie, love science. But Beatrix loves to play tricks on them while they conduct experiments. Then one day, Olive decides it's time to play a trick on Beatrix. So they collect itty-bitty spiders and put them in a bucket to fall on Beatrix when she opened her door. It worked! Beatrix screamed and ran away, unfortunately the spiders landed in her growth potion and ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
**I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways**

My 8 year old daughter gave this book 5 stars and so did I. She liked it so much she is going to use it for her next "book talk" at school.

Some magic, some science, and some really cute illustrations, make this a very fun book. The kids learn a valuable lesson on pushing pranks too far when a spell gets out of hand. The book also tackles two subjects my daughter (OK and me too!!) normally find frightening. The dark and spiders. The sp
Caryn Caldwell
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Olive finds it tough being the normal one when her twin sister is a witch -- especially when said sister loves to play pranks. To get her back one day, Olive releases spiders all over her sister. But when the spiders get into an enlarging potion, the girls have BIG trouble on their hands.

This is a cute start to a new series. With its colorful illustrations and concise text, this 80-page story perfectly bridges the reading gap between picture books and chapter books. Although the giant spiders an
Olive and Beatrix are twin sisters who couldn't be different. While Olive loves science, Beatrix loves magic. After all, she's a witch. After Olive plays a trick on her sister involving several spiders, the spiders get into a growth potion and become very, very large. The girls combine forces, and working with their friend Eddie, round up all the spiders, reduce them to normal size, and put them back where they belong. I liked the fact that no spiders were harmed in the making of this book or in ...more
Ms. Dana
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
I'm giving this one 4 stars because it was the perfect book at the perfect time for my daughter. She loves anything witchy with spells, is a struggling independent reader, and is named Beatrice so it was an obvious choice to take home. The best part...she read it 3 times in 2 days so it's definitely a hit. I read it myself before bed and have to say it's a very short and simple book perfect for magic fans who aren't ready to move onto the more challenging fantasy books out there. I wasn't a huge ...more
Ashley M
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: first and second graders
Shelves: givaways
I got this book from the Goodreads Giveaways. This was such a cute book that I think young readers will enjoy. It's intended audience is 1st and 2nd graders with a reading level of 2. It is a small enough chapter book that is easily read for young readers, and has pictures with dialogue in them like a comic book. It's a story about twins, one sister is a witch, and the other is a normal girl who likes science. A trick goes wrong, and it's up to the twins, and a friend to save the day. At the end ...more
Very cute book. This is the first in a series about a little girl who has a witch for a twin sister, literally! This is an early chapter book, there are pictures on every book and parts of the story are in the pictures. The discussion questions at the back of the book are a great bonus as they kept the kids involved after the story was over AND it helped confirm they really were paying attention and that they understood the story. There were themes of consequences, problem-solving & teamwork ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
Olive and Beatrix are twin sisters with one big difference -- Beatrix was born at midnight and is a witch, Olive is just a regular kid. Beatrix loves to play tricks on Olive and her best friend Eddie. When Olive and Eddie try to turn the tables on Beatrix, their spider stunt grows out of control. All three must work together with a mix of magic and science to solve the problem. A fun book for kids transitioning from easy readers to chapter books. Recommended for K-2.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the this new series. The characters, Olly and Beatrix are really cute, smart and fun! Also the way the author writes with the dialog bubbles adds a fun dimension to the story that makes reading easier and quicker. I think it will be a great younger chapter book series for the elementary students at our school.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of twin sisters Olive and Beatrix. Olive loves science and Beatrix is a witch. In the book, they play tricks on each other, Olive aided by her pal Eddie.

When this gs go wrong the little spiders used to scan Beatrix grow to be giants and the three us learn the value of working together to solve the problem before the grown-ups find out.

First of a series and a lot of fun.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. I like the characters in this book. Beatrice is a witch and Olive loves Science. I love Science, too. It's my favorite thing. That is why my Mom bought this book for me.
Bradie- Age 7 ( Transcribed by Mom, who adds that she read it in an hour or two in one sitting)
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this series! BRANCHES, a Scholastic type of book, is creating really cool options for kids at the lower levels. The pages are SOOOOOO visually appealing, and the story is cute, too. =)

SO excited about these books!
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute sibling story (prank goes awry) with magical elements.
I loved reading this with my daughter! very cute read!!
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Wicked fun for early chapter book readers.
♡ Carla
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Fast easy and fun read!
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: early-reader, fantasy
Twins, one a witch and one not, have to work together to fix a giant spider problem.
Mrs. Fornero
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an entertaining, humorous new series told from the point-of-view of Olive, the non-witch twin of Beatrix, who is a witch!
Wendi Lee
Very cute elementary school aged story about twins, one whom is a witch.
Jo-ann Walsh
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olive and Beatrix are twins. Olive is a normal girl, but Beatrix is a witch. Since Beatrix is always playing tricks on Olive, Olive and her friend & neighbor Eddie decide to play a trick of their own on Beatrix. They leave a bucket of spiders on her door which tumble down on Beatrix and scare her. Everything changes when the spiders get into one of Beatrix's growing potions and there are giant spiders all around! Olive, Eddie, Beatrix, and Houston the pig must work together to get rid of the ...more
Lauren- The Smile Lines
Olive & Beatrix are quite a pair! They are curious twin sisters with one being a witch and the other being an 'ordinary girl.' They have a lot of fun together with tricks and mischief throughout their days. What kid wouldn't love reading about spiders, messes, and tricks! I really like how the characters are introduced in the beginning of each book. You get to know and like them right away!The author, Amy Marie Stadelmann, does a great job keeping the reader laughing and interested with the ...more
Thank you so much to the author for providing #KidLitExchange with a finished copy of this book for review purposes! All opinions are my own (as always).

The Olive & Beatrix books focus on twin sisters. Olive is “ordinary” and loves science, nature, and exploring. Her sister, Beatrix, is less than ordinary as she was born at midnight on a full moon and is therefore a witch. She has a brain full of tricks and uses her magical powers to play pranks on Olive and her best friend, Eddie.

In book #1
Kate Foran
This is an extremely appealing early chapter book/graphic novel.

The guided reading level on this book says M, but the text is broken up with frequent illustrations and the vocabulary is pretty controlled within the book. My "level G" reader only needs help with a word or two per page. This book is much *much* easier to read than a Magic Tree House or Cam Jansen, but it isn't babyish - exactly what my kid needs at this stage.

We just bought this book and its sequel after meeting author Amy Marie S
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

The OLIVE & BEATRIX series features two fully illustrated books with comic-style illustrations. Beatrix is a witch, but her twin sister Olive is just a regular girl. Olive doesn’t believe in magic—she’s a scientist at heart. Their sidekicks are their neighbor Eddie and a precocious (and talking) pet pig. A lot can go wrong when sisters are at odds, and these two pit magic against science, with th
Amanda Sass-Henke
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“More!” This was the reaction shouted by my six-year-old as I attempted to turn storytime into bedtime. And I protested, I did, but not that passionately because I was really enjoying reading about Olive and Beatrix as well.

Olive & Beatrix are twin sisters. Beatrix was born at midnight, so she’s a witch, and Olive was born after midnight, so she’s a self-described ordinary girl. Although that set of dynamics may not be relatable for most readers, many will relate to their sisterly bond of pr
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Amy Marie Stadelmann learned visual storytelling as an Illustration major at Pratt Institute. Since graduating in 2006, she has worked as a digital designer for Nick Jr. preschool programs like The Wonder Pets! and Team Umizoomi. Amy is excited to launch her debut series with Scholastic Branches OLIVE & BEATRIX: THE NOT-SO-ITTY-BITTY SPIDERS (2015) and OLIVE & BEATRIX: THE SUPER-SMELLY MOL ...more