Book Talk: A Very Brave Witch

{Written by Alison McGhee, Illustrated by Harry Bliss}

This is a sweet little book about facing your fears and being brave.  If the illustrations look a little familiar, it's because Harry Bliss also did the artwork for Diary of a Spider, Diary of a Worm, and Diary of a Fly... some of my students' favorites.  (As a bonus, I love how the text's dialogue is written in speech and thought bubbles.)

It starts with the reader finding out this little pet dinosaur is actually the main character... the brave witch.

She's very brave and even though most witches are afraid of humans, she's not.  (She even shares a little research with the reader.)  

She decides to do a little research of her own, so she and Kitty head into town on Halloween night.  "Hang on, Kitty, we're going in!" she screams.

But like every good story, there's a problem... Kitty and Witch have a flying accident.  

Witch is very apprehensive when some humans come to her rescue, but eventually she pulls herself together, remembers she is brave, and meets a new friend.

This story lends itself well to a class discussion about Halloween night... what we're excited about, what we're nervous about, how to be brave, etc. You might even use it to launch some personal narratives:  "Write about a time you were scared and overcame a fear."


  1. My students will love this & I will, too! Thanks for sharing - I'm so glad I discovered your blog! Jen

    1. Thanks, Jen... I'm glad you discovered it, too! Have a great week! :)

  2. Love it! It looks great. I really like being able to see each page. I'm buying it:)

    1. Hi Leslie... it's a cute book... I'm glad you like it. Every page isn't pictured, but you've got the gist. I hope your students enjoy it! :)


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