'The Witch Has an Itch'

STORY TIME

October 28, 1998|By DONNA GUTHRIE

Editor's note: A wicked witch becomes allergic to her own black magic and seeks relief from a wise wizard

Gromelda was a wicked witch and proud of it.

She was an expert at evil spells, a wonder with wicked ways, and the meanest magic maker in all the land.

She turned princes into frogs and frogs into princes. She changed the barks of dogs into the meows of cats. She stopped hens from laying eggs and cows from giving milk ...

And, just for the fun of it, Gromelda cast mean spells that would topple ice-cream cones and make it rain on Saturdays.

Gromelda had the reputation for being mean and terrible, and she deserved it.

Gromelda noticed her crystal ball on the table. "Perhaps a look at the future will give me some new ideas for nasty magic," she said.

Gromelda rubbed the crystal ball with her creaky fingers. And she began to itch.

THE WITCH HAS AN ITCH! THE WITCH HAS AN ITCH!

OH WHERE, OH WHERE, DOES THE WITCH HAVE AN ITCH?

ON HER CREAKY, CREAKY FINGERS!

ON HER CREAKY, CREAKY FINGERS!

Gromelda's fingers itched and itched. Her hands and arms and elbows itched, too. Gromelda dropped the crystal ball with a crash!

"This is ridiculous," Gromelda said to her cat, Avery. "I can't concentrate on my evil magic with all this itching and scratching going on. There's only one person who can help me. I'll go see Womack the Wizard. He'll know what to do."

Gromelda hopped on her flying broom and took off for the wizard's. When she arrived, Womack, who knew everything before it happened, was waiting outside for her.

Gromelda admired the powerful wizard and wanted to impress him. "I'll do a magic dance that will make thumbtacks fall from the sky," she thought. "Then he will know that I deserve my reputation as the wickedest witch in all the land."

Gromelda started her evil dance. But the moment she began to tap her toe, she began to itch.

THE WITCH HAS AN ITCH! THE WITCH HAS AN ITCH!

OH WHERE, OH WHERE, DOES THE WITCH HAVE AN ITCH?

ON HER THORNY, THORNY TOES!

ON HER THORNY, THORNY TOES!

Gromelda tore off her shoes and socks and scratched and scratched her toes. The itching was unbearable.

"Help me, Womack! Please help me!" cried the miserable witch. "I can't stand this itch."

The good wizard bent down and slowly began to tickle Gromelda's toes.

The itching stopped!

"It's clear to me," said Womack, "that you are allergic to evil magic. Gromelda, you must change your ways."

"But I'm the wickedest witch in all the land," insisted Gromelda. "I have a reputation to keep."

Womack helped Gromelda to her feet. "There's more than one kind of reputation," said the magician. "You could be the nicest witch in all the land. The choice is yours."

Gromelda thought for a moment and said, "Perhaps I could, but a reputation is hard to change. How will I begin?"

"I think," said the wizard with a smile, "you could start from scratch."

And that's just what she did.

Excerpted from the book THE WITCH HAS AN ITCH, text by Donna Guthrie and illustrated by Katy Keck Arnsteen. Text copyright 1990, by Donna Guthrie. Illustrations copyright 1990, by Katy Keck Arnsteen. Reprinted by permission of Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., Children's Publishing Division. All rights reserved.

Pub Date: 10/28/98

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