Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 15, 2019

Book Giveaway: WITCH WASHDAY By C.A. Nobens

Author/Illustrator, C.A. Nobens has a new picture book titled, WITCH WASHDAY. She has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Cheryl!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


Chore charms and laundry legerdemain
conjure up a cauldron of magical fun!

Witch Washday is a quirky little tale! Every Wednesday is witch washday. Mitchie Witch and her kitten familiar, Kitschy, wake up and pitch in with gusto. Having magical powers is a distinct advantage in getting the job done! Mitchie and Kitschy have some unusual laundry methods: disembodied zombie arms for “hand-laundering” delicates, a dragon who breaths fire to heat up Mitchie’s flat iron, “flying carpet” towels and more!

“Witch Washday is the magic that happens when I have fun with my work,” laughs CA.

“There’s no moral or teaching moment. Mitchie and Kitschy will give readers a smile.”

Pastel crayon inspired illustrations by the Mom’s Choice Honoring Excellence Gold Seal Award winning author are whimsical and fun. Witch world and all the characters in it are charming and a little oddball. And please note that there is diversity among them! Just as mortals are all basically shades and tints of tan, the witches and witchlets in the book have varying verdant complexions and a variety of hair types and colors and hairdos.
There is hocus-pocus humor enchanting the illustration on every page.


I wrote “Witch Washday” as a direct reaction to having spent five years working on my last book. “Snow Day! A Story Told in 24 Poem Forms” is 48 pages long, and written in 24 different poetry forms, all of which required research, and some of which were a challenge to craft. The illustration style is complicated and detailed, with much effort put into creating a feeling of the changing light at different times of the day depicted.

I wanted to blurt out a rollicking story just for the fun of it. “Witch Washday” is the result of a couple of hours of writing and cracking myself up.

Pencil drawings burst from the text quickly and easily. I chose a very loose, pastel crayon inspired illustration style for the color art, in order to make that a playful experience for myself and the reader, as well.

I finished the cover image first, and used it for self-promotion for a while before I had time in my work schedule to complete the interior illustrations.

Finally, this summer, I found myself with uncommissioned days enough to color the illustrations. That’s what it felt like, too–like coloring with crayons when I was little, because I wasn’t trying to create any moody lighting or backgrounds. I got to sit at my computer and simply enjoy myself. I didn’t even worry too much about staying inside the lines. I had a delightful time.

I finished the art at the end of September, which was much too close to October 31st to print copies conventionally. So, I did a quick upload to IngramSpark and offered the book for sale, Print On Demand. This is the first time that I’ve used this publishing option, and it’s exciting to see that the books look great and that people are ordering them for this Halloween! (There will also be an e-book version any day, now. Perfect for late October story time reading under the blankets, you won’t even need your trick-or-treating flashlight!)

“Witch Washday” is a romp. There is no moral of the story, and it can’t be used as a learning tool, unless you want to teach a child to do hand laundry with disembodied zombie hands, or heat his or her flat iron with the help of a dragon. It’s just for laughs (or cackles). And what’s a bigger scream than a charming BOOOOOOOk for Halloween? Go to and click on the Shop button for almost magically easy ordering.


CA (Cheryl Ann) Nobens was born in northern Minnesota. After graduating from Hibbing High School, she went on to earn a BA in Illustration and Graphic Design from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design.She published her first children’s book in 1979, and has been working professionally in the field of children’s literature and educational publishing ever since. She has either written and illustrated or illustrated over 80 titles, to date,bringing humor and heart to both story and pictures.CA works as a writer, illustrator and graphic designer from a studio in her century-old house in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where she lives with her family and two very crafty cats.

Cheryl has either written and illustrated or illustrated over 80 children’s books, to date. Her book “Snow Day! A Story Told in 24 Poem Forms” was awarded the Mom’s Choice Honoring Excellence Gold Seal in 2018. Midwest Book Review (February 2019) called it “an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, school, and community library poetry book collections”.

Cheryl, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I love the illustrations and I am sure kids will love how they bring to life your funny Halloween book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. What a spooktacular book! Best of luck to you!


  2. Such a fantastic book! My niece would love it! Thank you for setting up the giveaway!


  3. Very bewitching! Congrats!


  4. What a delightful author and artist


  5. Sounds delightful. Thanks for the heads up.


  6. this looks so fun! And to think I would have missed it if I hadn’t got your blog in my inbox!


  7. This looks like a great addition to the Halloween reading aloud list. Thanks for the post.


  8. Of course, witches have to wash their clothes, too. Such a fun idea for a book.


  9. I love how the sense of whimsy in the story comes across in the illustrations with their light lines and whirling clothes.


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