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The Worst Witch
by Jill Murphy (more about Jill Murphy) 203/68 illustrated by Jill Murphy
first published 1974
Humour for ages 7 to 10 published by Puffin
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
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Mrs Mad's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
Meet the worst trainee witch in the world!
What happens?
Being a trainee witch is difficult at the best of times, but when you can't even ride a broomstick without crashing, you really do have problems. So when Mildred turns the teacher's pet, Ethel, into a pig, things become really hopeless for our worst witch!
Is it easy to read?
Nice large text and lovely drawings by the author make this a great book for young readers. Girls in particular will identify with Mildred but boys will enjoy these books too!
Anything else?
This is a wonderfully funny story. I especially love the boots the witches wear! Being a long time Doctor Martin boot wearer myself I think it's great fun to see these young girls galloping around in their hob nails. This has been a classic story for many years now, but it is just as witty and in tune with children's thinking as when it was first written. Followed by 'The Worst Witch Strikes Again' and 'The Worst Witch All at Sea', amongst others.
Other books by Jill Murphy include A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, Five Minutes' Peace, The Worst Witch Strikes Again.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Mildred Hubble is a trainee witch at Miss Cackle's Academy and tends to make a mess of it. She can't master the art of riding a broomstick and her spells have a way of going disastrously wrong.
And what do you think?
tom, Blaksley Hall School
I thought it was very funny because milldred hublle kept geting into troble all the time. And I recomend it to all readers who like a good joke or to.
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