Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Big Something

The Big Something
Patricia Reilly Giff

                Something strange is going on next door. Jilli and Jim think they see a witch through the fence. While they peer through the fence, their dog Fiercely, is busy digging a hole under the fence. The children run inside to get a better look from the upstairs window. But while spying on the building from their house, they notice Fiercely has dug a hole under the fence and is now in the witches’ yard. Dressing up to appear scary and getting some food to entice the dog to return they creep over to the fence. But to their surprise, the witch turns out to be their teacher and she shows them the new building that will soon be their school. This is a fun little mystery that children will enjoy solving. The story is very realistic and will be well understood by readers of similar ages. The illustrations are fun and help to tell the story as well. The words are simple enough that this could be a level 2 reader.
On a more personal note - neither of my children were very interested in this story. They don't care for witches or scary things so this might have had something to do with it. 
This book is for ages 5 to 8.

I received this book free of charge from Children's Literature in exchange for my honest review. 

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