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Young Puffin Modern Classics Worst Witch Paperback – International Edition, November 30, 2004

Book 1 of 7 in the Worst Witch Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141319623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141319629
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,623,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hurray for Jill Murphy...little girls will love the antics of Mildred Hubble and her hopeless tabby cat Independent Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch Sunday Express Witty and original Books for Keeps --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jill Murphy started putting books together (literally with a stapler), when she was six. The Worst Witch was first published in 1974 and this much-loved classic has been enjoyed by readers for more than 30 years. Jill Murphy also written and illustrated several award-winning picture books for younger children.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book! If you are a Harry Potter fan, then you definatly need to read this. Our heroine, Mildred, is in her first year at Miss Cackles Academy for witches. She tries hard, but everything she does seems to go wrong! When she is almost expelled for ruining the halloween festival and discracing her school, Mildred runs away, but runs into a group of Witches plotting trouble for the Academy! Mildred saves the day and comes out shining! This is a must-have story for young children, But don't let the size of the book fool you, This is a great read for ALL ages! Jill Murphy truly has weaved magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Book Lover on July 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Mildred Hubble is starting her first year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches — and making a mess of it! She can’t ride her broomstick without crashing, she’s always getting her spells mixed up, and worst of all, the teacher’s pet, Ethel, has just become her sworn enemy. -- publisher

Originally released in 1974, The Worst Witch is being re-released for a new generation to discover. Young readers are bound to fall in love with little Mildred Hubble. This poor witch-in-training is the student with her heart in the right place, but nothing else. She's the one who will crash into things while learning to fly on her broom, fixing her broken broom with a pile of sticky tape and glue, and is afraid of the dark (ssshhh, if you don't tell, I won't.).

In this first installment of this delightful character's series, Mildred is the recipient of a kitten. The time has come for all the first year students to get their assigned kitten who will ride on the brooms with their owners. Instead of getting the typical black one, Mildred is given a tabby one. And worse off, yet, the poor kitty isn't taking to flying on a broomstick too well.

Everything comes to a head during her class's formation presentation at the annual Halloween festivities. Mildred's has embarrassed her class by causing a crash landing (not her fault, though). Poor Mildred is so upset, she decides to taker her tabby cat and run away. However, while walking down the mountain, she stumbles across a group of witches. Witches who are plotting to place a spell over everyone at the school so they can control it. Now it's up to Mildred to save the day.

This book was fun to read. Mildred is a cute character who is fun to read. I can relate to being that child who had good intentions, but would somehow, someway mess things up. I think fellow readers will enjoy her, as well. I look forward to reading more adventures of Mildred.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NebraskaIcebergs on February 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
What if you were the worst at an assignment? Would your friends stick by you? How would your enemies react? What if you were part of a group presentation for an important person? Could you handle the pressure? These are some of the dilemmas faced by Mildred Hubble in a delightful book called The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy.

Mildred is clumsy, but it's her failure at riding a broom and performing spells that land her into the most trouble at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. One day, Mildred and her best friend Maud are creating a laughter potion. All is going well until Mildred incorrectly remembers that the potion should be green and needs pondweed. When the two girls drink their potion, instead of laughing like the rest of their classmates, their heads disappear. This fiasco lands them in the office of the headmistress, a place Mildred seems all too familar with.

Will friend Maud stick by Mildred through this new disaster? Will their enemy Ethel forgive Maud's mistakes when they affect her? Perhaps more dire, can Mildred handle the pressure of performing a broomstick formation with her classmates when the chief magician visits? To find out, check out this episodic and charming book.

The book has a couple huge strengths. Jill Murphy immerses readers completely into the culture of a young witch at an academy with her references to: bats and owls, black clothes and black cats, pointed hats and broomsticks, potion laboratories and cauldrons, and spells and charms. I also adore Murphy's conversational style.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I picked this book specifically for my two nieces, ages 8 & 9, for bedtime stories since they love the Harry Potter series and most witchy books in general. They loved it! I found it to be age appropriate and one that we could all enjoy, myself included!

Poor Mildred may be the worst witch at boarding school but she sure is the funniest and most charming! Perfect for elementary grades 2-5 but could be read to a child of any age!
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book is a wonderful story about a little witch who can't seem to learn her spells as well as the other pupils in Miss Cackle's academy. It is a touching book because although the characters are witches, good morals are upheld, and the pupils' teachers are strict but fair. In spite of her suffering at her enemy classmate's hands, the main character Mildred decides to do the right thing and becomes a heroine. It was a pleasure to scan this book for Bookshare's children's books.
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