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The Gruesome Green Witch

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The closet in the child's bedroom is a doorway to another world that is being terrorized by an evil witch who looks beautiful in the front but has a gruesome oozing hole on her back. ...more
Hardcover, 85 pages
Published January 1969 by Walker & Co.
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To anyone who likes scary witch stories
My sister laughs at me to this day because of this book . I loved this book growing up. I checked it out of the library many, many times. It scared the you know what out of me. There is a witch in this story that is of the very evil variety. She looks beautiful at first, but if you see her from the back you see the inner decay of her true nature. The protagonist is a kid who can access this world being terrorized by this witch through his closet door. Now that I am older, I can see shades of Chr ...more
Kelly Harmon
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read this many times since I was a child.

Still love it.
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Sarah Rigg
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I remember the image of the woman who is beautiful in front but oozing and ugly in the back for decades after reading this, but I couldn't remember the name of the book until I started looking back at old journals. Apparently I read this in spring 1985. ...more
Kristy Chudley
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much as a child! I checked it out of the library numerous times. That green witch was sooo scary!
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Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
The Gruesome Green Witch (1969) by Patricia Coffin is one of those children's books that is remembered fondly by many, but almost impossible to find at present. I was curious about it, so I thought I'd keep an eye out for an inexpensive copy--which I finally did find a week or two ago.

Here's the blurb from the dust jacket:

Like Alice’s rabbit hole, a closet in Puffin’s house is the entrance to a magic world. Here two eleven-year-old girls, Puffin and her best friend, Mole, meet a wondrous ass
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Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
If I had read this as a child, I think I would have loved it -- it's rather stunningly stylized, printed in green ink and charming illustrations in green and black. Coming to it for the first time as an adult, I can't help but find it a bit derivative -- which is not entirely a complaint nor criticism. Rather, it kind of explains how the story must have evolved, bit by bit, integrating pieces suggested by other stories. There's also a certain didactic thread about the virtues of studying and how ...more
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