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The Witches' Kitchen

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  48 reviews

Deep in the walls of a witches' cottage lays an ancient magical kitchen. Dangling over that kitchen's cauldron, pinched between the fingers of two witches, is a toad. And the Toad has no idea how she got there, and no memory of even her name. All she knows is she doesn't think she was always a Toad, or that she's ever been here before. Determined to recover her memories s
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Catherine
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a strange book. There were times I found myself somewhat enjoying it, and then something would happen that would be all too convenient and would break this book for me again. I feel like a 2.5 is more accurate than a 2 for this just because it did have some okay moments.

I wouldn't recommend this book, except maybe to a child or preteen.
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Paul Genesse
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Witches’ Kitchen by Allen Williams is a brilliantly written and gorgeously illustrated young adult novel that deserves a very large audience. Williams has been a prolific and superb artist for years, and now he’s unlocked his tremendous talent for writing. His paintings always told a story and now, thankfully for us, he’s written one of them down. The forty original pencil illustrations add to a fantastical journey in the infinitely large and dangerous magical kitchen owned by two malevolent ...more
Sorrel
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I'd rate this a 3.5 if I could
On with the reveiw! I got this book at a closing borders about a week or so ago. I admit it didn't look wonderful, only vaguely interesting. Then I read some and found the main character is a toad! Some of the concepts are interesting and the author created a wonderful world.
I do feel the story should have explored the world a little more. We know next to nothing about the world the toad comes from. We assume it's medieval with magic but nothing is concrete. Alot o
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Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

Toad wakes up to a nasty sight - two witches dangling her over a cauldron with her having no idea how she got there or even who she is.

By a stroke of luck, she manages to escape their grasp, but not their home. With an ever-changing kitchen that appears to never end, Toad will enlist the help of an Impish and a carnivorous fairy.

Things are not as they seem, however, even for Toad. With an unusual ability to pick up and start speaking any language, there app
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Megan
When I started this one I kept thinking, "I'm going to stop reading now," but I just kept turning the page and couldn't stop reading. This is a really cute quick read. It is one I will probably read a couple more times when I just want something quick in between reading series. I have a little more left to finish, but I wanted to have this updated before I went to bed. ...more
Beka
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
For some reason, I was under the impression that this was more of a light middle grade book. In actuality, it's a bit of a darker, young adult novel. Considering the switch I pulled on myself, I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting and well written it was. I'd definitely be interested in seeing more of Katherine's story. ...more
Adrianne Rosal
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Toad wakes up knowing she doesn't belong in the strange kitchen. How did she get there, why are strange creatures after her, and was she always a toad? Read on to find the answers to these questions. ...more
Chyrsten Torres
Love this book! It is a simple read and the art work that is inside is a nice touch!
Hilary
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Read it for the illustrations...
Karissa
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. The creepy cover drew me and the description sounded like one of those dark fairy tale-like stories that I really enjoy. After reading it I can say that I enjoyed it. It is very much a dark fairy tale. It seems to be aimed at children/middle grade readers; the story is dark enough that it might be too scary and disturbing for younger age sets.

The Witches' kitchen is ruled by two vile witchy sisters and is a world close to, but separate f
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Mishel Forte
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, won
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I didn’t really know what to expect when I opened The Witches’ Kitchen up. Honestly, I was worried it would be a little too “middle grade” for me (if that makes sense). At least that’s the impression I got from the blurb. But to my surprise I got sucked into the story from the beginning and found myself really enjoying the characters, the writing, and the awesome illustrations.

The Witches’ Kitchen is about a dark and magical kitchen that houses some really fantastical and
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Joey Harpel
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
At first, I was surprised when I found out this was intended for a Young Adult audience. From the description and the writing style of the first few chapters, it seemed like it was meant for a younger audience, like Middle Grade. It's written in third person omniscient, too, which tends to come off as a bit . . . childish, for lack of a better word. However, once I got to the end, I kind of realized why it was marked for YA. There's some dark and disturbing things going on.

The story is rich with
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BookKids
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, midgrade
Toad awakens dangling over a cauldron in the grip of one of two leering witches. Just moments away from her death, she makes a giant leap and escapes into the Kitchen, a mysterious, magical, dangerous place. Furious, the two witches trap her inside while they make plans on how to recapture Toad. Toad, on the other hand, wants to know what has happened to her. She has no memory from before the Kitchen, but she suspects she wasn’t always a toad. With the help of a friendly imp, she hopes to naviga ...more
BookKids
Toad awakens dangling over a cauldron in the grip of one of two leering witches. Just moments away from her death, she makes a giant leap and escapes into the Kitchen, a mysterious, magical, dangerous place. Furious, the two witches trap her inside while they make plans on how to recapture Toad. Toad, on the other hand, wants to know what has happened to her. She has no memory from before the Kitchen, but she suspects she wasn’t always a toad. With the help of a friendly imp, she hopes to naviga ...more
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Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Cindy
May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really think this book was mismarketed. It was presented as a "teen" book and really it was written and read like a book that would be ideal for readers of 8-10. That being said I shall continue on.

I really enjoyed the idea of a story being told from a toads POV. After all, everyone always wondered what the toad who was being put into the witch's brew is thinking (admit it you have thought about it). However, this book is sadly lacking. Here's why.

First, the book seemed to throw mysterious,
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Nellie
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had picked up this book at a Christmas show where the writer's sister-in-law was helping out at the stand. Mr. Williams is familiar with his fantasy art under LA Williams. The book is written as Allen Williams and include his own illustrations. It is a YA Dark Fairy Tale that would be from about fifth grade to middle grade.

Other reviews state that some of the plots are predictable but then if I look at this from the age it's designated for, even with the YA crowd being more advanced in their
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Madeline Smoot
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Toad awakens dangling over a cauldron in the grip of one of two leering witches. Just moments away from her death, she makes a giant leap and escapes into the Kitchen, a mysterious, magical, dangerous place. Furious, the two witches trap her inside while they make plans on how to recapture Toad. Toad, on the other hand, wants to know what has happened to her. She has no memory from before the Kitchen, but she suspects she wasn’t always a toad. With the help of a friendly imp, she hopes to naviga ...more
Linda
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
One look at the cover of this book, and the creepy illustrations inside and you will know that this is a book that is meant for older grade school and middle school readers. Those who enjoy dark, creepy fairy tales will certainly enjoy this tale.

The story takes place in a kitchen, of sorts, that is ruled over by two truly vile witches. After narrowly escaping from being boiled into a potion, Toad is faced with navigating the kitchen. That may not sound so bad, but the kitchen is constantly chan
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I have to say that "The Witches' Kitchen" is making itself a challenge to rate. A fantasy for Middle Graders, I would definitely suggest to kids that they check it out if they like a truly creepy fairytale. For adults though, I'd have to advise them to approach the book more hesitantly. The ideas behind "The Witches' Kitchen" are definitely creative and interesting, and the artwork is absolutely first-class, but the writing is a little uneven. In some places, for example, the tone changes abrupt ...more
Kitty Jay
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story begins when Toad wakes up being held by two witch sisters over a cauldron. Well, that's a bummer. She escapes through a stroke of luck, and finds herself in the Witches' Kitchen - a dark, sometimes horrifying place, where nothing stays the same very long, and no one is really sure of the way out. Along the way, she picks up a ragtag team including a helpful imp with iron hands, a ferocious fairy, and two travelers who stumble upon the group and decide to stick around. With her team, th ...more
Kelly Hager
Toad wakes up in the middle of a weird kitchen. I say “weird” because it keeps changing. It belongs to two witches (sisters) and it’s always dark. Incredibly dark. There is no sun in the kitchen. And again, things in it keep moving (but only when you don’t look). Oh, and also, most of the other things in the kitchen are not friendly.

But fortunately Toad does manage to make some friends. They set out to find the Widows, who will (hopefully) give them a way to get out of the kitchen and escape fro
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Readingtween
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
My Review

I loved this book. I really, really loved this book. It was such a fun read. Allen Williams did a really good job writing this magical story. There are two witches, who are sisters, Sarafine and Emilina. They are always fighting with each other, lots of drama. Toad, well, she doesn't think she's always been a toad. I felt sorry for her. The Kitchen in the story is the main part. I can't explain to you the little things, the parts of the story that makes it magical, and the characters ar
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Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was quite....different...

but in a good way.

the main character is a toad!!!!
-that's the first thing that separates this book from others that i've read.

There were also illustrations of different characters throughout the book. i'm not sure if i liked this or not. with illustrations, the image that you created of a character in your mind's eye could be proven completely wrong, or there's no need for you to even imagine what this character looks like because it's drawn out for you.

pro of
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Nicole Jane
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deep in the walls of a witches' cottage lays an ancient magical kitchen. Dangling over that kitchen's cauldron, pinched between the fingers of two witches, is a toad. And the Toad has no idea how she got there, and no memory of even her name. All she knows is she doesn't think she was always a Toad, or that she's ever been here before. Determined to recover her memories she sets out on a journey to the oracle, and along the way picks up a rag-tag team of friends: an iron-handed imp, a carnivorou ...more
Book Elf
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-bookshelf
I liked the spookiness of this book. It was like I was a child again, afraid of witches... wicked and ugly witches. This is the first time I have heard of a toad being the main protagonist which was one of a kind, since this book is not a fable at all. So, I was interested. At first I was interested with the title, then the cover. When I flipped the book, I saw images, graphics made by the author himself. And the story turned out to be fantastic! I was hooked! The characters were weird and the k ...more
hpboy13
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Witch’s Kitchen takes some getting into – the reader is thrust into the middle of a chaotic scene, and then has to figure things out from there. Because it took time to figure out what’s going on, I didn’t become even remotely invested in the characters until halfway through. Once the book got its groove, however, it was really quite good. The author has a gift for writing great action scenes and magical battles, so those were always a delight to read. It’s also quite an inventive fantasy world ...more
Doris
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Toad - our central character - wakes to find herself dangling over a cauldron, seconds from being the main ingredient of whatever horrid stew the witches are cooking. Due to what appears to be random mischief, she escapes, and the rest of the story revolves around her attempt to determine where she is, what she is, how she got where she is, and who she is.

This story has humor without being bawdy, friendship that borders on enemies, and above all teaches our young toad some valuable lessons
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Emma
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vine
This was a decent fantasy although much, much too grim and gory for my tastes. With the drawings by the author and the stark world, this one reminded me a lot of Abarat by Clive Barker so I think fans of his will enjoy this one. (I'm not one of those fans sadly.) As other reviewers have noted, the tone is erratic. The pacing also lurches at points. The premise and story were interesting enough to keep me reading but the story didn't really pick up for me until around page 200 only to start flagg ...more
MaximusMidnight
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd rate this book 3-3.5. The descriptions of the creatures in the Kitchen were really well done. They were greatly varied but also felt connected by their environment. The way the Kitchen has a life of its own was very intriguing and helped keep the story mysterious. The illustrations were very well done and added a lot to the story. However, the story felt disconnected. The sequences of wandering and fighting were pushed together a little too much, resulting in a pacing that meant the action s ...more
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