Author(s): John Bemelmans Marciano
The third book in an exciting new chapter book series byJohn Bemelmans MarcianoandCaldecott medalist Sophie Blackall. Welcome to Benevento, an ancient town famous for its witches! The children of Benevento have to becareful and clever to evade the clutches of such witches as the Manalonga, the Janara, and the Clopper, who hide in wells and under bridges, fly at midnight, and play tricks during Mischief Season. Five cousins Primo, Emilio, Rosa, Maria Beppina, and Sergio share adventures and narrow escapes, and discover astonishing secrets as they outwit the witches in each exciting story. Book #3Beware the Clopper!: a Maria BeppinaStoryMaria Beppina, the timid tag-along cousin, is always afraid that the Clopper, theold witch who chases the children, will catch her. And then one day she decides tostop just stop and see what the Clopper will do."
Katleen's review - Very cute series. The writing style is simple - excellent for the age level; the illustrations add more humour; the characters are ones you want to get to know.
Praise for The Witches of Benevento series: "Enticing" Kirkus Reviews Blackall s delicate, lovely artwork is bewitching and Marciano s text is, as the title implies, loaded with molto mischief. I can't wait to read what the Janara have in store for the Benevento kids next. Lane Smith, author ofReturn to Augie Hobble Not your run-of-the-mill chapter book. What we have here is a fresh, charming tale about an Italian village afflicted with witches and the brave, quarrelsome band of friends who try to make their acquaintance. A frisky, ingenious introduction to an old world and a new series. Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy and Bean series There is a mystery in Benevento a mystery of witches and spirits and magic. Will you go back in time to this charming town and solve the mystery? And if you do, will you tell me what the solution is? Really! Please tell me! But watch out for the spirits. They are mischievous indeed...The Witchesis a charming, intelligent tale, illustrated beautifully and evocatively. Adam Gidwitz, author ofA Tale Dark and Grimm"
Writer and artistJohn Bemelmans Marcianois the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans. Johnhas continued his grandfather s legacy of the Madeline books with Madeline and the Old House in Paris, Madeline at the White House, and Madeline and the Cats of Rome. He is the author of Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline s Creator, and of The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. John lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Andromache, and their daughter, Galatea. Sophie Blackallhas illustrated more than thirty books, includingFinding Winnie, for which she won the Caldecott medal, andtheNew York TimesBest IllustratedbooksBig Red LollipopandThe Baby Tree, which she also wrote. Born in Australia, Sophie lives in Brooklyn with her children Olive and Edward. John and Sophie share studio space in Brooklyn, which makes it easy for them to collaborate."