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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Itty-Bitty Witch Blog Tour (review & giveaway)

The Itty-Bitty Witch 
By Trisha Speed Shaskan 
Illustrated by Xindi Yan 
Two Lions 

Betty can’t wait to be a first-grade witch. But on the first day of school, her classmates start calling her “Itty Bitty” because she’s small and still uses her kinder-broom. Betty doesn’t like the nickname—or how it makes her feel itty-bitty inside. So she comes up with a BIG idea to prove herself: winning the Halloween Dash. 


“Caregivers and teachers will be pleased with the multiple extensions the story offers, all wrapped up in a Halloween theme. Proving size does not matter, this itty-bitty witch casts a bewitching spell.” —Kirkus Reviews 

“A familiar portrayal of [a] determined, lone underdog who discovers her sense of worth.” —Publishers Weekly 

On the first day of her first-grade witch class, armed with her kinder-broom and small size, Betty is given the not so nice nickname, Itty-Bitty. Her classmates’ teasing makes Betty feel itty-bitty. So Betty decides that if she wins the Halloween Dash, a broom race, then she’ll no longer be Itty-Bitty. 

Trisha Speed Shaskan’s The Itty-Bitty Witch is a charming picture book about a small heroine with a giant spirit, who teaches readers a big valuable lesson about perseverance, kindness, and the magic of believing in yourself. 

Through amusing storytelling, fun word choices, and delightful world-building, Shaskan will put a spell on little readers as they eagerly join Betty on her magical adventure. Shaskan’s heartfelt story and Yan’s enchanting illustrations are beautifully woven together to create an adorably bewitching world full of witches, silly spooky elements, and spellbinding magic. 

Perfect for Halloween reading, The Itty-Bitty Witch is sure to charm and delight. 

When Trisha Speed Shaskan was a child, Halloween meant bobbing for apples, daring to touch brains (which may have been noodles), and—best of all—wearing costumes. She still loves dressing up for Halloween. Trisha is the author of more than forty children’s books, including Punk Skunks and the Q & Ray series, both illustrated by her husband, Stephen Shaskan. Trisha lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with Stephen; their cat, Eartha; and their dog, Beatrix. Learn more at 
Find her on Twitter and Facebook 
Xindi Yan grew up in a small city called Wuhu in China, and like Betty, she was always the smallest in her class. Standing a little shy of five feet, she still can’t reach the high shelves in grocery stores and sometimes finds that shoes made for kids fit her best. But her size didn’t stop her from chasing her big dreams of being a published artist in New York City. Xindi is the illustrator of Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree by Sandy Shapiro Hurt and the Craftily Ever After series by Martha Maker. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and hopes to have a puppy one day. Learn more at 
Twitter: @xindiyan 
Instagram: @xindiyanart 

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Danielle H. said...

I have always been the smallest, shortest person in my family and friend groups, so I can't wait to read this adorable book.

Trisha Speed Shaskan said...

Dear Danielle, the inspiration for this book partly stemmed from being the smallest, shortest person in most rooms! My immediate family members are all short! Between my mother, father, brother, sister, and me, we all range in height from 5'2" - 5'5"!!! Thanks for your interest in my (& Betty's) story! -Trisha

John Smith said...

Our central character sounds like she is facing some mean classmates!

LeAnn Harbert said...

My granddaughters would love this book. It would be great to give them for Halloween.

Nancy P said...

Looks like a fun book.