Dec 07

The Worst Witch

The Worst Witch

by Jill Murphy

Picture 1Children’s Fiction
Ages 7-11
First Published in 1974
Publisher: Puffin Books

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Book Synopsis:

The Worst Witch:

Mildred Hubble joins Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. But it doesn’t take her long to realize that she is possibly the worst witch the school has ever had.

Mildred is a klutz, can never get her spells right, and has a tabby cat who is terrified of broom-flying.

However, Mildred may have been able to pass under the teacher’s radar, if the mean Ethel Hallow hadn’t decided to become her worst enemy.

A few more books from the series:

Picture 2

A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch:

Can Mildred shed her reputation as the worst witch of Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches? She tries her best, but as usual for Mildred, things go horribly wrong for her…

Picture 3

The Worst Witch All at Sea:

Mildred and her class of young witches are going on a school outing to the seaside! But Mildred can’t find the heart to leave her tabby cat alone for a whole week, so she brings him along with her. But will Mildred be able to stay out of trouble this time? Especially with the strict Miss Hardbroom and her devious enemy Ethel Hallow out to get her…

bunnyMy Book Review:

This is Harry Potter for younger readers. The Worst Witch is endearing and exciting with magic spells, people being turned into frogs, a scarily strict teacher, a horrid enemy classmate and loyal friends.

I loved the childrens series The Worst Witch when I was a kid. The Academy for Witches seemed just like a normal school – just with broomstick lessons and spells classes! This book is also very funny with Mildred getting into all sorts of scrapes. Mildred is so hopeless that even her cat, Tabby, is a terrible witches cat. This is wonderfully reflected in the drawings in the book with Tabby, his eyes squeezed shut, clinging onto the broomstick for dear life.

There are at least 5 books in the Worst Witch series and I think primary school girls would love reading them, just as I did.

Picture 4There are also Audio-CD versions of most of the series for car rides and bedtime listening.

x Julie

Children’s Book Review

-Reading Like Rabbits-

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