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William and the Witch's Riddle

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A charming re-imagination of “Sleeping Beauty” in which a boy must solve a witch’s riddle in order to save his family and end a centuries-long curse.
William and his little brother, Pinch, have been left alone at their home atop the mountain ever since their mother disappeared and their father went to look for her. When William is visited by a mysterious witch named Morga
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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My first instinct upon beginning William and the Witch’s Riddle was that the illustrations didn’t quite match the tone of the book. Juxtaposing the dark themes of desperation and abandonment are pen and ink cartoon illustrations. Even the cover art suggests, if not a happy William, a confident one. My concern is that readers may pick up this book expecting a carefree, clever tale similar to Jack the Giant Slayer and instead get a story full of dark themes. The first few extremely short chapters ...more
Just the right balance of shivery, heart-pounding action and original fairy tale, this is a fantastic classroom read-aloud/read-alone for grades 2 and up. Reading Shutta's work is like coming in close around the storyteller's fire. Pure delight. ...more
Deb Aronson
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
fun fairytale-based romp
Judy E.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
William, a young boy whose parents are missing, must solve the witch's riddle to protect himself and his little brother from being cursed. This fantasy was not a bad read, but I really did not like the illustrations and I don't think my students would like them either. More elaborate and classically drawn pictures would have fit this fairytale and enhanced the adventures! ...more
Ms. QMS Roberson
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Sleeping Beauty rendition for intermediate level readers!
Laura Boldin-Fournier
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for middle graders interested in fairy tale retellings.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a cute story, one that is a kid pleaser. The young boy is the hero of the story. Good for high 2nd grader up to 4th.
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Shutta Crum, an award-winning writer of books for children and poetry for adults, is a storyteller and a retired youth librarian who was awarded the Mich. Library Assoc. Award of Merit as youth librarian of the year (2002). She is also an educator who taught writing at the high school and college level, and to third-graders under the auspices of the Mich. Council for the Arts. Currently her presen ...more

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