Jilli and Jim are best of friends. But today, Jim has some news. Something scary is happening next door. Workmen are building something that is big and red. And a woman in a pointy hat is on a ladder painting. Could she be the witch from Hansel and Gretel making a big red gingerbread house?
When Jilli's dog Fiercely crawls under the fence and runs into the witch's yard - the children must go over there and rescue him! But a surprise is in store for everyone. The woman is not a witch at all. She's Ms. Berry - the nicest teacher from the school. And soon she will be their teacher!
With her characteristic warmth, humor, and irresistible child-friendly drama, Patricia Reilly Giff is at her very best!
Patricia Reilly Giff is a two-time Newbery Honor Book author and has written more than sixty books for young readers, including her bestselling Polk Street School series. Her perfect pitch for writing stories that kids love comes from her twenty years as a schoolteacher and reading specialist. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut, with her husband.
Diane Palmisciano is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated over fifty books for children. She lives in North Scituate, Rhode Island, where she takes long walks with her dog through the woods and at the beach.