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July 2016 Release!

Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch

by Diana Murray

illustrated by Heather Ross

Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, July 2016

ISBN-10: 0062264486

ISBN-13: 978-0062264480




"Playful, sinsgong rhymes will hold readers' attentions, while making Grimelda's plight...relatable. The ... ending will have readers giggling."

The Horn Book (Sep/Oct, 16)

"Children will love the Seussian rhymes that don’t miss a beat. A fun, nonscary selection for year-round sharing."

School Library Journal


"Murray packs playful comedy into her rhyming verse."

Publishers Weekly


"The digital illustrations seem to revel in the mess, and there are lots of funny things for readers to spy and shake their heads over—how did that get there? (...) Mess-makers will revel in Grimelda’s tale."




Grimelda’s house may not be tidy, but it’s cozy, and that’s just the way she likes it. She also likes pickle pie. There’s only one problem—she can’t find the main ingredient in her messy house! Readers who enjoyed Norman Bridwell’s classic The Witch Next Door will love this funny, charming story about the everyday life of a witch.


With a repeating refrain and lively, rhyming text, Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch is perfect for reading aloud with a child at Halloween as well as all year round, or for an emerging reader to enjoy on their own. The vibrant illustrations by Crafty Chloe illustrator Heather Ross provide plenty of fun things for readers to discover on repeated reads.

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