Review: Do Witches Make Fishes by Jason Mayo


“Do Witches Make Fishes?” is the moral tale of a young boy who favors candy over his mother’s outlandish but healthy dishes. When faced with an ultimatum from his mother, the boy has to make a difficult choice. What ensues is a series of extraordinary and fantastical events that will take the reader on a magical journey through the imagination of a child. In the end, you will find yourself asking, Do Witches Make Fishes?

I read through this book and honestly wasn’t sure how to rate it. The artwork brought the movies Ponyo & Howl’s Moving Castle to my mind. I liked the rhyming text. It was a little more abstract than many picture books so I wasn’t sure how it would go over as a read aloud. I called 3 of my kids up for a second opinion. My 12 year old said it was a little weird but he liked it, my 8 year old loved it and said it was a 5 star book, my 4 year old really liked it and wanted it read again. They were all interested in the book and sat still listening to it. So it worked as a read aloud to multiple ages.

I would recommend this book, especially this time of year when kids are likely to have piles of candy to eat and parents would much rather have their kids eating carrots & fishes.

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: From Author for Review