Deep in the walls of a witches' cottage lays an ancient magical kitchen. Dangling over that kitchen's cauldron, pinched between the fingers of two witches, is a toad. And the Toad has no idea how she got there, and no memory of even her name. All she knows is she doesn't think she was always a Toad, or that she's ever been here before. Determined to recover her memories she sets out on a journey to the oracle, and along the way picks up a rag-tag team of friends: an iron-handed imp, a carnivorous fairy, and a few friendly locals.
But the Kitchen won't make it easy. It is pitch black, infinite, and impossible to navigate, a living maze. Hiding in dark corners are beastly, starving things. Worse yet are the Witches themselves, who have sent a procession of horrific, deadly monsters on her trail. With some courage and wisdom, the Toad just might find herself yet-and with that knowledge, the power to defeat the mighty Witches.
Filled with forty stunning pencil illustrations from the author, the Witches' Kitchen is a rich, well-imagined fantasy setting unlike any other.
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Allen Williams has been illustrating in the fantasy genre for twenty years. His work has received numerous awards in art shows across the country, as well as other accolades, including eight Chesley Award nominations for artistic achievements of excellence in the categories of science fiction and fantasy. After having lived in forty different states, Allen now lives in Ohio with his wife and their children.
Gr 7-10-From a fantasy illustrator comes a dark and twisted fairy tale in which a toad wakes up dangling over a bubbling cauldron. Her memory nonexistent, she manages to escape into the Witches' Kitchen, only to find that it is endless, constantly changing, and full of malevolent creatures wishing to eat her. While Toad desperately searches for a way out of the kitchen and the witches' evil grasp, she encounters unlikely companions including an iron-handed artistic imp named Natterjack and a fairy with swords for wings. Witch sisters Sarafina and Emilina desperately want to kill Toad for her magic before her new friends help her to recover her memory or escape the kitchen. Williams's pencil illustrations are the high point of this book. As the story unfolds, each darkly terrifying creature is more sinister and threatening than the one before, from skeletal birds to demons. Williams leaves the story with some unfinished plot twists and hints of a sequel. The writing is at times choppy, and with so many characters introduced, some readers may find the story difficult to follow. However, true aficionados of dark fantasy will savor this disturbing tale and take the time to sort out the characters and plot twists and turns.-Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Descrizione libro Little, Brown Company, United States, 2010. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. When Toad wakes up, dangling over a bubbling witches cauldron, she has no memory of her former life, not even her name. With some luck, she escapes and sets out on a journey to the oracle of the kitchen. Along the way, she makes friends with Natterjack, an imp who refuses his demon ancestry; Horsefly, a carnivorous fairy; and Pug and Sootfoot, residents of the Kitchen. But the Kitchen and the witch sisters it belongs to, is not a place one wants to end up lost. The Kitchen is pitch black and infinite, filled with furniture that constantly moves when unobserved, making navigation nearly impossible. Its residents are both animals from the outside, unwitting victims of the Witches, and creatures who were born or made in the Kitchen itself - many of whom would not mind eating the Toad and her friends. And let s not forget the Witches themselves, who seem to have a special interest in the Toad. With some courage and wisdom, the Toad just might find self-realization yet - and with it, the power to defeat the mighty Witches. Codice libro della libreria LVN9780759529120
Descrizione libro Little, Brown Books for Young, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110759529124
Descrizione libro Little Brown, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Fine. First (1st) Edition. Book is Unread . Front/Back: New . Spine: New . First (1st) Printing / Impression 10987654321 . Year: 2010 . Codice libro della libreria 590
Descrizione libro Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0759529124