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Meredith's mixed-up magic
Uniform Title:
Zauberspuk bei Merrilu. English

Publication Information:
New York : North South Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
When Meredith the witch inadvertently uses a spell to summon an uninvited guest, she and the unwelcome sorcerer try to outdo each other with their magic.


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Meredith returns, and her magic spells are as unpredictable as ever. Meredith accidentally utters the spell for uninvited guests, and--whoosh! --a little sorcerer with an insatiable appetite flies in and plops himself down at her table. ""Hungry!"" he screeches, and Meredith has her hands full first trying to feed him, and then trying to get rid of him.What follows is a battle of fantastically funny spells that lasts until lunchtime and teaches her to mind her words and watch out for unexpected magic.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-As Meredith, a green-haired witch, sings her exuberant morning song, she accidentally utters the magic spell for uninvited guests. The little sorcerer who appears is not the kind of visitor anyone would wish for, and a battle of the spells ensues. In turn, they overfeed, float, shrink, dye, and transform one another until the sorcerer (now a wild pig) knocks Meredith's cat into the pond. Then, back to themselves and feeling a little guilty, the two unite to save the cat, tidy the house, and the uninvited guest voluntarily departs. In this sequel to Meredith, the Witch Who Wasn't (North-South, 1999), Lachner offers young readers a magical adventure that's a little scary and a heroine who is just right. While Meredith maintains her green-tousled appeal-even at the height of the action-the little sorcerer looks rather sinister when he bloats through overeating and later when he turns green. The art is full of amusing details and captures the action fully. Observant readers will enjoy the antics of Meredith's cat and broom. A good choice for kindergarten listeners and early readers, but with groups, use with caution unless you're sure of their fright threshold.-Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Meredith the witch inadvertently utters a spell for uninvited guests and finds a gluttonous sorcerer at her table. She casts a spell to get rid of him, but he responds in kind. The two try to one-up each other--until Meredith's frightened cat needs help and they call a truce to rescue her. The lively illustrations are more engaging than the story, which is marred by weak internal logic. From HORN BOOK Spring 2001, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-7. The feisty star of Meredith, the Witch Who Wasn't (1997) returns for a wild magic duel. Cheerfully braying out a nonsense song as she makes breakfast one morning, Meredith inadvertently utters a spell for uninvited guests. In blows a diminutive sorcerer who plops down at the table and demands food. After finishing Meredith's breakfast, he turns to the pantry and gobbles down everything, growing ever larger as he does An inept spell caster at best, Meredith tries to drive him out, but only succeeds in annoying him. A brisk exchange of curses ensues, at the end of which Meredith is a pink toad, the sorcerer a furious wild boar, and the house a disaster, with the cat left floundering in the pond. Unzner's swirling scenes burst beyond the edges of each spread as the combatants gesticulate with increasing fury, and every detail of the domestic chaos is recorded with delicious precision. Shocked by the cat's plight, the opponents stop to effect a rescue and to clean up, but it's obviously only a truce. Like similar picture-book contretemps, such as Helen Lester's The Wizard, the Fairy and the Magic Chicken (1983) and Ed Emberley's neglected masterpiece, The Wizard of Op (1975), this will leave children spellbound. --John Peters