How to Catch a Witch (How to Catch #14)

by Alice Walstead (Author) Megan Joyce (Illustrator)

How to Catch a Witch (How to Catch #14)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: How to Catch

It's Halloween night and something doesn't seem quite right... When the Catch Club Kids head out to trick-or-treat, there are ghosts, goblins, and ghouls everywhere! Our heroes discover a witch on a broom has opened a magical portal that let out spooky creatures all over the neighborhood. Follow along in this frightfully fun story as they set zany traps for the witch to close the portal and save Halloween before all the candy is gone!

How to Catch a Witch is a treat sure to delight young readers and educators alike with STEAM concepts and classic hilarity and chaos. The perfect Halloween gift or basket stuffer that kids ages 3-7 will love!

You've been waiting all year long to trick-or-treat with friends.

But wait - a witch is on the loose! We'll catch her before night's end! 

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--A creepy, silly story about the neighborhood children trying to trick a mischievous witch into leaving their town before the end of Halloween night. In this return to Walstead's "How to Catch" series, the children prepare themselves for Halloween by putting on their costumes. As they set out to go trick or treating, they notice ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. "But there aren't enough kids in our town to account for this many creatures. Some of these beings just might be real!" The children discover that a witch has come to their town to cause mischief, and she has brought the creatures with her. The children go about setting traps like a "Busting Best Moves" dance competition where they hope the witch will get stuck to the floor by spiderwebs. When that doesn't work, they create a tunnel of tricks as a roadblock, but the witch outsmarts them by flying over it. Just when the kids are about to give up, the witch opens a portal, and all the goblins and ghosts disappear from the neighborhood. Words and text rhyme neatly alongside beautifully animated illustrations that incorporate vibrant children's costumes, as well as ghouls, ghosts, and witches. As with the other titles in this series, Walstead integrates STEAM-like activities that children can construct using typical household items, such as using a cardboard box to create a booby trap for the witch. VERDICT A great addition to any children's room Halloween collection.--Annmarie Braithwaite

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Guided Reading Level
Sourcebooks Wonderland
Publication date
August 20, 2022
How to Catch
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV022000 - Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, & Fables | General
JUV017030 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
JUV012040 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme

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