Books by Ruth Chew
- Baked Beans for Breakfast
(aka The Secret Summer)
- Do-it-yourself Magic
- Earthstar Magic
- Last Chance for Magic
- Magic in the Park
- Magic of the Black Mirror
- Mostly Magic
- No Such Thing as a Witch
- Royal Magic
- Second-hand Magic
- Summer Magic
- The Enchanted Book
- The Hidden Cave
(aka The Magic Cave)
- The Magic Coin
- The Secret Tree-house
- The Trouble with Magic
- The Wednesday Witch
- The Wishing Tree
- The Witch and the Ring
- The Witch at the Window
- The Witch’s Buttons
- The Witch’s Garden
- The Would-be Witch
- Trapped in Time
- What the Witch Left
- Witch in the House
- Witch’s Broom
- Witch’s Cat
- Wrong Way Around Magic
- Baked Beans for Breakfast
Books illustrated by Ruth Chew
I’ve updated the foreign editions page to reflect the fact that the series of Japanese translations of Ruth Chew’s books has hit 21 volumes as of April 2015.
I only have the first nine, but apparently it’s possible to shop on Amazon Japan in English, buy with any credit card, and get international shipping, so that situation is temporary. Luckily, even the ones from back in 2010 still seem to be available.
Twelve more books I am completely not able to read, soon to be mine!
To be fair, I did understand the three words of the title of one of them (Witch’s Cat). I know slightly more than absolutely zero Japanese.
The Penguin / Random House website is now linking here! Sort of. That text isn’t clickable. Ah well. I’m happy as long as ruthchew.com beats Wikipedia (and Amazon and Goodreads) in Google search results.
Actually, you know what? I don’t even care about that.
I care that the books are reaching a new generation, thanks to Random House.
Amazon is now displaying jacket art for three more Ruth Chew reissues! The Wednesday Witch and Witch’s Broomwill be released in hardcover, paperback and ebook versions on August 25, 2015. The ebook Three Shrinking Tales, which will be released April 28, 2015, contains Do-It-Yourself Magic, Earthstar Magic, and Mostly Magic.
The release of The Wednesday Witch is particularly exciting: it was Ruth Chew’s first story!
The e-book Three Adventure Tales, which is available for preorder and will be released August 25, 2015, contains Last Chance for Magic, Magic of the Black Mirror, and Summer Magic. I don’t yet know what its cover will look like, though!
Preorder at Amazon:
My friend downloaded a sample of The Trouble with Magic on her Kindle Voyage. Here’s what it looks like! You can see the cover, a chapter beginning with small text, a chapter beginning with bigger text, and one of the interior illustrations.
All the newly printed Ruth Chew books are available as ebooks, and there are, so far, two three-book omnibus collections available, too. See a complete listing of the new books and e-books.
But what are the ebooks really like?
Many of us nostalgic book-readers are suspicious of these new-fangled e-readers, so we don’t really know much about them. Paper books are awesome enough, are they not?
But did you know that you can read Amazon’s Kindle books on a free ap without buying a Kindle? They’ll even let you download samples of Ruth Chew’s books while considering an e-book purchase. I know, because that’s what I finally did!
Below are screenshots from the Kindle ap running on my desktop computer of the cover and some of the interior pages of the Kindle ebook of The Witch’s Buttons, showing how well the illustrations reproduce and how you can change the font size. Enjoy!
Here I’m posting photos of the new September 2014 reissues The Witch at the Window and The Would-Be Witch, two great witch books for Halloween!
Two years ago I bought this book for a dollar at a library fundraiser, but I’m only just now adding it officially to the collection. It’s the oldest copy of Shark Lady in the collection and has the nicest cover, so I’ve not only updated the database to include this new old book, I’ve updated the Shark Lady page and the book covers page so that this is the book cover scan that’s featured, rather than the scan where a price sticker blocks the “y” in lady, making it seem as though the book is about “Shark Lad”!