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At age eleven, Verbena hasn't shown a single sign of talent for witchcraft. And worse than that--she wants to be normal. In fact, she even dreams of settling down someday and getting married! But with a mother who tells you that a) you're a witch and b) a husband won't be much use to you--how can anything feel normal? But there is hope in the form of a loving grandmother—aAt age eleven, Verbena hasn't shown a single sign of talent for witchcraft. And worse than that--she wants to be normal. In fact, she even dreams of settling down someday and getting married! But with a mother who tells you that a) you're a witch and b) a husband won't be much use to you--how can anything feel normal? But there is hope in the form of a loving grandmother—also a witch—who takes Verbena under her wing and shows her that casting spells and causing supernatural things to take place—is not so bad after all. Told in alternating points of view, Poor Little Witch Girl is the funny, tender story of a mom who knows exactly what she wants her daughter to be, and a daughter who just wants to be herself. In the end, maybe the two aren't so different after all?...

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ISBN : 9781582348988
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Poor Little Witch Girl Reviews

  • Marine
    2019-03-24 04:57

    Un petit classique de la littérature enfantine (6-9ans) que je me devais de lire au vu de mon métier (libraire). Très bonne découverte, on suit la petite Verte, jeune sorcière qui ne veut pas l'être, et qui tente d'échapper a son destin. Un livre qui réunit 4 points de vue, celui de Verte, de sa maman, de sa grand mère, et de son ami Soufi. Ça sonne bien, c'est mignon tout pleins, alors je dis oui.

  • The Library Lady
    2019-03-21 06:51

    Perhaps this was better in the original French and loses something in this translation. Because I'm still trying to figure out WHO this book is aimed at. Not much kid appeal, not a rich enough story for teens or adults.

  • Heather
    2019-04-11 06:02

    This was just an OK book - not spectacular or anything. In fact, the first part of the book (narrated by Ursula, the mother) was so snarky that I almost stopped reading it. For girls who want witch books this doesn't go into a lot of spells or magic as it's more of a story about families, but it would probably satisfy them.

  • Bladelor
    2019-04-15 04:52

    Un début de série rafraîchissant et drôle.

  • Tessa
    2019-03-30 05:57

    I thought this book was very funny and interesting , it is in french but it is about a girl that's a witch and doesn't want to be. Her parents are divorced because her mom didn't like her husband so she cast a spell on him and moved out with their girl.At the end the girl finally meets her dad because of her grandmother.

  • Kimberli
    2019-04-04 00:52

    Three witches, three different points of view, that’s what you get in Poor Little Witch Girl by Marie Desplechin. And just for fun, Desplechin throws in a boys’ opinion, which makes for a great contrast because he has been sitting back observing all three witches. The story begins with Ursula’s opinion and here we get the idea that she is selfish and spiteful for no reason at all. She is pushing witchery her 11 year-old daughter Verbena who wants only to be a normal girl. Next, we meet Anastabotte, Ursula’s mother and Verbena’s grandmother. This lady has got it going on! She dresses in red velvet with lizard-skin belts and wears lots of makeup with red lipstick and sounds like a joyful person to be around. When Anastabotte tells Ursula that she will take Verbena every Wedenesday to train her to be a witch. That’s when everything starts to go awry. Ursula never knows what grandmother and granddaughter have cooked up until it’s too late. After one day with Anastabotte, Verbena’s magic miraculously appears and dishes smash and crash all over the dining room. The smashing was entirely provoked by Ursula’s attempt to bully Verbena about becoming a witch once again. Nevertheless, this newfound development tickles Ursula to the core. By the way who’s going to clean up all those smashed dishes?In all this mixing of potions and boiling of brews, enters the gentle and kind boy Soufi. In his own words, “I certainly noticed her. First, because of her name. I had already met lots of Roses, Violets, and Lilys. But this was the first time I had ever encountered a Verbena!” However, one thing he can’t figure out is who she reminds him of and this drives him crazy. Will Soufi ever figure the resemblance out? Will Verbena ever want to be a witch? Will Ursula ever stop being such a witch? All of these questions and more will be revealed at the end of the book. This book covers three generations of witches, with three completely different moods and minds and is a pure delight. Watch out for the dreamy blue haze that comes over you when read, you might think it’s a dream, but Soufi knows better. This is Desplechin first book for children and was written entirely in French and then translated into English by Gillian Rosner.

  • Roxane - Serendipity3804
    2019-03-28 01:48

    Verte a onze ans et se sent déjà différente : déjà, elle s'appelle Verte (Violette ou Rose, pourquoi pas, mais Verte !), elle n'a pas de papa, elle n'a pas que très peu d'amis et surtout....surtout....c'est une sorcière. Comme sa mère et sa grand-mère avant elle. Mais Verte ne veut pas être une sorcière : elle veut être "normale" et se marier. Sa mère Ursule désespère du destin que sa fille se réserve et du fait qu'elle n'a toujours fait preuve d'aucun talent magique. A onze ans ! C'est une catastrophe : Verte ne sera donc jamais la grande sorcière qu'Ursule voulait qu'elle soit !Heureusement, dans la vie de Verte, il y a son meilleur ami, le gentil et beau Soufi, et sa grand-mère fantasque, Anastabote. Grâce à eux, Verte connaît ses premiers émois adolescents (amicaux, familiaux, amoureux, identitaires).Marie Desplechin nous offre ici une belle parabole sur la différence et sur le passage de l'enfance à l'adolescence : comment vivre dans une famille monoparentale ? Comment grandir sans père ? Comment faire face à toutes ces émotions qui nous submergent ? Comment faire pour s'intégrer ?L'auteur pose toutes ces questions et de nombreuses autres dans ce court roman, plein d'humour, de tendresse et de magie. Loin d'en donner les réponses, de donner un avis tranché ou moralisateur, Marie Desplechin ouvre la porte à la tolérance et à la différence.Une plume fluide, légère, agréable et vive. On rit, on s'émeut. La structure du roman en 4 parties (Ursule, Verte, Anastabote, Soufi) est intéressante et on prend un plaisir infini à découvrir l'histoire selon les points de vue de Verte, Ursule, Anastabote et Soufi ."Verte" peut rester aussi tout simplement un joli conte magique, sans forcément lui donner cette double lecture. Quelques grammes de douceur dans ce monde de brutes. Ce roman ravira petits et grands : JOUISSIF !

  • Acr0
    2019-04-21 04:51

    Verte a commencé sa vie avec cet incroyable prénom. Sa mère, Ursule et Sorcière de profession a ensorcelée l’employé de l’état civil pour que le papa n’appelle pas sa fille « Rose ». Parce que ce n’est pas un prénom pour Sorcière. Pourquoi pas Marron-CacaBoudin, aussi ? Puis Verte a continué son bonhomme de chemin, jusqu’au jour de ses onze ans. Elle venait d’entrer dans l’âge critique où les pouvoirs d’une future sorcière apparaissent. Cependant, Verte ne fait que penser aux garçons, et même pire : à vouloir se marier et à fonder une famille. Elle devient alors la cause des ennuis de cette pauvre Ursule qui s’en arrache les cheveux. Cette dernière envoie Verte chez sa propre mère, Anastabotte, dans l’espoir secret qu’elle saura la remettre dans le droit chemin.Ce roman à quatre voix permet à chaque narrateur de développer son point de vue face à l’histoire… et de ne pas se gêner pour critiquer autrui; ce qui fait du livre, son très grand point fort. Le roman commence très fort avec les propos peu tendres d’une Ursule indépendante au caractère de cochon. J’avoue que l’humour, plus que cynique est un peu particulier aux premiers abords : les critiques fusent et ne sont pas forcément empreints d’un très grand amour envers son prochain. Cependant, l’histoire demeure fraiche et drôle.Au travers des yeux des protagonistes, le livre traite avec légèreté des problèmes intergénérationnels, du passage de l’enfance à l’adolescence avec la construction de la personne, et bien évidemment des premiers amours ! Un livre plein de sentiments à mettre entre toutes les mains… Mots clefs :fantasy, livre jeunesse, sorcier(e)Critique approfondie, clic ici

  • Cassey
    2019-04-10 01:15

    Will Verbena choose boys over broomsticks?This book is such a short but still fun read!Divided in four parts, this book tells the struggle of a young witch-to-be in four POVs. The first POV is of Verbena's mother, Ursula, and her expectations (and disappointments) on her daughter. The second POV is of Verbena's grandmother, Anastabotte. Ursula has been put into perspective here as the good-side of witches were further described. The third POV is, finally, of Verbena's. In this POV, Verbena's opinions were revealed, her thrill and fears of being in a witch family, her insecurities of having such a mother, and her doubts on her grandmother's true intentions of trying to spend time with her. The last POV is of Verbena's crush Soufi. Soufi is not a witch and his POV is a good perspective to see Verbena's family on the eyes of an outsider.The power to make dreams come true is within your reach. But if you want it, you would have to take it.Honestly, I can't choose which POV I liked best but it's definitely not Ursula's LOL I found myself smiling on the other POVs though. I think this book captured the struggles of a child who grew up under a mother with such high expectations -- a mother who wanted forces her child to be just like her. Yes, this book focuses more on witches but Verbena's problems with her mother can easily be analogous to a normal child. It was definitely fun to read but I'd still say it hasn't much plot. Family-wise, though, this book deserves a thumbs-up :)My final rating: 3 stars

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-03-27 04:10

    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.comVerbena is a witch. Her mother has always told her so. It is passed down to the oldest daughter. As the only child of a witch, that makes Verbena one. Not that anything has happened to prove it yet, but it will. At least her mother hopes so. Ursula dreams of training her daughter, of how powerful they will be together. Unfortunately, Verbena has no interest in becoming a witch. Verbena wants to be normal, she wants to date boys, and get married, and not scare people away with spells and creepy things in cupboards. The more Ursula insists, the less interested Verbena is. Anastabotte, Verbena's grandmother, is enlisted to change Verbena's mind. She takes Verbena to her house once a week for an entire day. Ursula thinks it's for training, Verbena thinks it's an escape from her mother, and Anastabotte wants the best for everyone. Until they meet up with Soufi, the boy Verbena has a crush on. Add in the first spell Verbena works, locating the father she's never met, and you've got a big magical mess. The story is told in the first person, by each of the characters. They each get a few chapters to tell their side of the story, except Ursula who both opens and closes the book. Naturally the story overlaps a little, since everyone has their own take on the events that they were a part of. Quirky people in odd situations makes this book a good, quick read.

  • Jessica Foster
    2019-03-25 00:12

    (I apologise for my imperfect French. For French students, this series is a great one to pick!)Ce livre a été assigné par notre professeur de français - pour les étudiants intermédiaires. Pourtant, c'était un peu difficile parce qu'il y a beaucoup de langue familière - pas dans les dictionnaires!Ce livre est d'une jeune sorcière, sa mere obstinée et sa grand-mère sage, mais excentrique - et son père inconnu. Il s'agit de l'ouverture et l'acceptation de l'amour. Pour les enfants, je peux imaginer ce livre serait très très drôle et amusant - il leur donne une façon de comprendre les pensées de trois générations de femmes. Desplechin est intelligent et même, en tant qu'adulte, j'ai trouvé que c'était drôle et il y avait plusieurs niveaux à ce livre - sur les relations mère-fille.J'espère trouver plus de livres à ce niveau facile encore d'engagement de français et qui sont drôles aussi!

  • Natalie
    2019-04-09 00:12

    Ironically, the first chapter is the best, the autobio of the mom. It seems like she's just this stereotypical mom, and there a few lines that made me chuckle. Average family- the mom that wants the best for daughter, cooky grandma, daughter has crush on boy, boy has crush on daughter, mom doesn't approve. Desplechin adds a twist of fantasy to separate it from the sea of realistic fiction recently thrust into society. The reason I do not present it five stars, is the lack of satisfactory resolution. It ends in a kind of splat, resolved, but lacking the finishing touches, the cherry on the sundae.

  • Zoe
    2019-03-25 02:06

    For those of you in middle school who love to read in English but not in French, I recommend this novel. I am one of you, an enormous book worm but the second my french teacher tells me to get my silent reading novel, even I groan. Don't get me wrong, I love French class. It's one of my favourite periods at school, and I'm pretty good at it, but most French books are depressing about cancer, and divorce and blah blah blah. Luckily, I said most. Verte by Marie Desplechin is an exception to the rule, and a great one at that. I couldn't put it down, and I enjoyed the entire series. So for those of you, like me who struggle, try this book.

  • Grace Denis
    2019-04-14 05:08

    The book was like it was written by a kid, straying from one thing to another. "oh im a witch. oh i like this boy. (view spoiler)[ oh hes my boyfriend now. oh now he knows im a witch.(hide spoiler)] oh i need my dad. ACK! i saw it in my library for a year and a half, and the cover and blurb made it seem interesting but it just wasnt . i read it through, thinking it would eventually hook me, but it never did. this might have worked in a series, maybe if the author stretched things out, added more details. it was kind of like a bunch of ideas on one topic scrunched up together. i would go further into other reasons, but im tired right now.

  • Ana
    2019-03-26 23:46

    A nice and simple story about a little girl who is not sure if she wants to be a sorcière like her mom and her grandma. I enjoy a lot how the story was told from Verte's point of view, her mom's, her grandma's and her friend's. It really shows how everyone has a different way of interpreting and reacting to what is going on. I especially loved the way the author gets into the world of Verte and Soufi and shows or reminds us of how things felt at that age.I read it in French and I think it is a great book for beginners. Anyone learning French should give it a go.

  • Fashiongirlgoldberg
    2019-03-21 05:10

    It was a bit boring, I'm not sure why it was such a hit in France. They should really try Harry Potter. Basically Verbena had this totally obnoxious mother. A weird overly friendly grandmother. And this annoying boy Soofi was practically stalking her. Alright, alright, I'm exaggerating a little. But this book definitely was not the best book I ever read. poor little witch girl Was really kinda boring and a bit lame. Don't bother reading it.

  • Ju
    2019-04-14 04:58

    Une super petite histoire! Tous les protagonistes font part de leur point de vue sur les évènements qui bouleversent le quotidien d'une jeune sorcière un peu perdue, qui voudrait bien que sa mère la laisse tranquille et qu'elle puisse vivre sa vie de petite fille sans les contraintes de la vie de sorcière... Plein d'humour, ce petit récit intelligent pose avec délicatesse la question des relations mère-fille au sortir de l'enfance.

  • Ramya
    2019-04-21 08:13

    Well, this was a pretty good book too. Although it's pretty much your average story about witches and magic, what really had me attracted was the unusual names in the book.....eg. Verbena, Soufi, Anastabotte (my personal favorite)

  • Beth N
    2019-04-16 03:54

    This was a really cute book. I really liked how the author tells the story from the young girl (Verbena), her mother (Ursula), her grandmother (Anastabotte), and the girl's friend (Soufi). I would have liked to see the final scene from the father's perspective (Gerald) but still really good.

  • Bkosx Jhaii
    2019-04-13 07:12

    i've aLready read this book , because i have this one in our house ! and i Love this book ! it's nice and very touching about the girL who don't want to be a witch . and at the end , he saw her father that she never spent time in several years . :)

  • Melusine Parry
    2019-03-28 23:59

    Récit très drôle et intelligent d'une sorcière moderne.

  • Apeyl
    2019-04-08 00:49

    I love how they have all the different perspectives.

  • Sacha
    2019-04-17 23:57

    This moving book goes into different topics such as parenthood, preadolescence, friendship, etc in a smart way.To be read by children and their parents.

  • Elinor
    2019-04-16 00:58

    Sympa, mignon, et avec une construction très intéressante, qui apporte notamment beaucoup d'humour. Une bonne lecture jeunesse.

  • Susannah
    2019-04-20 07:45

    A particularly touching read as my 9 year old daughter read it and then lent it to me, 'because I think you might enjoy it Mummy'. The first mother daughter lend, the first of many I hope.

  • Ln Kio
    2019-04-19 08:05

    Intéressant, originial, drôle, bien écrit :-)J'ai bien aimé les différents points de vue dans la narration.

  • Chani
    2019-04-15 02:05

    J'ai pas pris assez de livres dans ma valise, j'en suis réduite à piquer ceux de ma fille !C'est un livre pour enfant hein, mais c'est vraiment très bien foutu !!

  • Charlotte Bell
    2019-03-24 08:15

    A fun read and interesting. Good for improving French and a beautiful cover!

  • Rhiannon
    2019-04-09 04:02

    I find this plot unbelievable because I'm someone who way by a lot prefers sorcery more than boys. Verte literally prefers boys more than sorcery!!!! What is this? She's missing out by a lot.

  • Anabelle
    2019-04-16 01:01

    4.7