Alice and Greta’s Color Magic

By Steve Simmons

Illustrated by Cyd Moore

Random House

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Book Description 

Frog’s guts and lizard’s eyes,

to every color I say good-bye!

Greta’s at it again.

This time, she casts a spell she knows Alice will hate — one that makes all color in the world disappear! Now Alice may be nice, but a witch has to do what a witch has to do. So Alice casts a spell of her own to teach Greta a lesson. Soon the spells start flying, and before they know it, Alice and Greta have made a color magic mess — every color in the world gets mixed up!

Can Alice and Greta work together to fix this color confusion?


Publisher’s Weekly

The two witches mix things up in Alice and Greta’s Color Magic by Steven J. Simmons, illus. by Cyd Moore. In an attempt to get back at Alice, Greta casts a spell that drains the world of color including her favorite green. Mayhem ensues until Alice and Greta decide to work together to set things right.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-This story continues the antics of two witches: Alice, who is always good, and Greta, a nasty prankster. Greta decides to make Alice’s favorite colors disappear, and gets in over her head when she causes all of the color in the world (except for her favorite, “yucky green”) to vanish. Alice is furious and realizes that Greta must be behind the mischief. Children in art classes are in tears; youngsters around the world have colorless eyes, hair, and faces; and even the trickster herself is sad and bored with the sameness of everything. Alice retaliates, the magic gets even more out of hand, and the two witches agree to work together to restore color to the world by trying a spell they learned at Witch School. Ever positive, Alice hopes that this episode will alter her nemesis’s negative approach to life, but the last page shows that some people never change. The pastel colors are warm and appealing, and the cartoon drawings are amusing. The pictures of the children, animals, and natural world devoid of any color but green are quite effective, and the facial expressions of all of the characters are very telling. The narrative flows well, and the ending is believable. A great read-aloud.

Sharon McNeil, Los Angeles County Office of Education – Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.