Saturday, September 1, 2012

Greta's Revenge: More Alice and Greta

Title: Greta's Revenge  
Published: 1999
Synopsis from Goodreads

Steve Simmons and Cyd Moore's hit picture book Alice and Greta introduced two witches with very different views of the world: Alice, who uses her magic to help others, and Greta, who is always conjuring up trouble. In Greta's Revenge, Alice has foiled one of Greta's nasty schemes -- and Greta wants to get even. She casts a spell that makes Alice do mean things. But Greta has forgotten the most important lesson of witch school, the Brewmerang Principle: "Whatever you chant, whatever you brew, sooner or later it comes back to you!" Soon Greta is doing nice things for people. Luckily for both witches, the spell wears off -- but not before Greta has learned a little bit about the value of kindness. Ebullient illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of this clever, accessible, and satisfying tale that's eminently suited for Halloween -- and beyond.

Poor Greta! She just got dumped in marshmallow goop because that goody two shoes, Alice, didn't like her being mean to kids.

Well, BAHS!! Greta is out for revenge!!

What can she do that would make Alice a laughing stock?

There are plenty of mean things but the bestest thing would be to make Alice just as mean as Greta! That way Greta will have a mean bud to pal around with. How sweet would that be?

Bibbidy bobbidy boo and Alice's cheery pink hat turns green!! YES! Now, it's double trouble!

But oh drats! Greta forgot about the "Brewmerang Principle": Whatever you chant, whatever you brew, sooner or later will come back to you!

Well, fiddlesticks! That right there made Greta into a nicey pants just like Alice used to be.... until..... the spell wears off.

Greta's Thoughts
This appears to be the 2nd book in the "Alice and Greta" series. It picks up right where Book 1 left off.

I think the "Brewmerang Principle" is quite clever and while it is very close to the Golden Rule it is also just like the Threefold Law:

The Three-Fold Law is the belief and principle on which magick is used. This law relates to the use of power and energy, for when used, power is returned to the sender, three times the level it was sent out.

It's a good lesson for kids!! And anyone else, for that matter.

The illustrations were very fun and inventive. I loved all the detail and the accessories that the girls had on. They wouldn't be girls without accessories. It's attention to detail like that THAT makes me go squee.

This was a very fun book and I think anyone 3rd grade and below would really enjoy it!

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