The Flying Witch by Jane Yolen

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Whirr. Whirr.
Clunkety-clank
Here comes Baba Yaga!

Flying her mortar and pestle, the witch with the long iron nose scours the countryside for plump young children to eat. But will she be a match for the fiesty little girl she hopes to throw into her soup? New York Times best-selling author Jane Yolen has created a clever, original story based on hundreds of traditional Russian folktales about the famed scary old witch.

Vladimir Vagin's remarkably detailed borders and intricate scenes will give readers chills and laughs as they read this witty tale.

 

About Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen is one of the acknowledged masters of fantasy today. She is the author of more than two hundred books for children and adults. Her young adult novel The Devil's Arhtmetic won the Jewish Book Council Award. Her children's book Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr, was awarded the Caldecott Medal; her fantasy novels Sister Light, Sister Dark and White Jenna were both short-listed for the Nebula; and she's won the Nebula twice for short stories. She has also won the World Fantasy Award, the Christopher Medal twice, and the Golden Kite Award. She has written two previous books in the Young Heroes series with Robert J. Harris, Odysseus in the Serpent Maze and Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons. Jane Yolen lives with her husband in western Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.
 
Published August 1, 2003 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Vagin ignores repeated references to a dark and tangled forest to create a tidy, well-lit woodland setting, but Baba Yaga, with her sharply hooked iron nose and long black fingernails, comes off as an entertaining blend of scary and comical.

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Among picture books commemorating the centennial of Kitty Hawk, Yolen's is unusual for appropriating Katharine Wright, Orville and Wilbur's younger sister, as its narrator.

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Yolen and Ming (previously paired for Merlin and the Dragons) mine Greek myth to retell the story of Bellerophon, the boy who tames a flying horse.

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After the girl falls off her father's truck on the way to market, Baba Yaga offers her a ride in her strange mode of transport.

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