The Witch, the Cat and the Egg

Children - Grade 4th-6th
62 Pages
Reviewed on 09/29/2011
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Author Biography

Joanne has always loved books, especially how the stories and images can create a whole new world. As a teenager, she would often draw her favourite images from fantasy books and posters. A few years ago, Joanne found her true passion–writing imaginative and positive fantasy books for kids, and for those who are still young at heart. Her personal motto is “Dare to imagine and believe in the magic of possibilities!”

Joanne Lécuyer was born in Timmins, Ontario (Canada) but spent most of her life in North Bay, Ontario. She has been living in a small rural community outside of Ottawa, for the past 12 years. Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Quebec. She also has a Professional and Personal Coach Certification from Concordia University, and is a Reiki Master.

Joanne has worked for the Canadian federal government for over 25 years, with the last 15 years in strategic and organizational communications, helping management and employees communicate better. Her most recent assignment is helping implement a change management strategy in the organization where she works.

Joanne lives with her husband Rick, their dog Kato and two cats, Black Magic and Minx. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, watch fantasy and sci-fi movies, and spend time with friends and family.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

The Witch, The Cat, and the Egg by Joanne Lécuyer is a fantasy book for children ranging from 4th to 6th grade. It’s the story of good witch and her cat. Julianne lived in a cottage on the border of a magical forest with her mother. Growing up, it became evident that she could communicate with the animals in the forest. With that in mind, her mother taught her some spells and how to heal. As time passes, her mother is offered a job working in the king's palace. Deciding her fate was to guide travellers through the forest and to help heal the neighbouring peasants, Julianne remains at the cottage alone with her cat, Magicus. One day she is asked to help one of the king's knights through the forest. Upon returning home, she comes across a large dragon’s egg. Now her problem is to get the egg across the forest to its aunt and uncle to raise the baby until his mother is well enough to raise him herself. Will Juliane be able to accomplish this task?

This was quite an enjoyable read that teaches children a lesson on caring about and helping others. Julianne is a happy girl who loves being around people and the magical creatures of the forest. She is kind to others and believes in helping. The morals of this short story are: all children should learn that nothing is impossible; the word can't should not be in their vocabulary; if all else fails, there is a always family or a friend close by on whom they can call. With beautiful illustrations throughout the story, I feel like this is a book all children will enjoy and will read more than once.