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The Worst Witch

Written by Jill Murphy
Illustrated by Jill Murphy
Part of the The Worst Witch Series

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A beautiful colour gift edition of an absolute classic and an essential title for every child's bookshelf. The trials and tribulations of a disastrous new girl at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches a gloriously witchy boarding school, The Worst Witch has magic galore. Unfortunately for Mildred Hubble, most of it has a habit of going badly wrong. Her broomstick won’t fly straight, her cat is tabby not black and she manages to turn her arch-enemy into a toad. Nice short chapters with stunning illustrations also by Jill Murphy make this a perfect title to share with young children but older children will be equally at home with it.

If they like The Worst Witch they'll also enjoy Malkin Moonlight.

**** See The Worst Witch in a brilliant new TV series on CBBC starring Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) as Mildred, Clare Higgins (Doctor Who) as Miss Cackle and Raquel Cassidy (Downton Abbey) as Deputy Head, Miss Hardbroom.

Hold on to your broomstick for magical mayhem!

On the new series, Jill Murphy says: “Published 42 years ago, The Worst Witch has been the cornerstone of my career. I illustrate my own books, so I am very protective about them in every way, and I'm delighted to say that this wonderful new production ticks all the boxes. There have been a few changes, to nudge the Academy into the 21st century, but die-hard fans needn't worry, Miss Hardbroom is always on hand making sure that 'Standards will NOT be slipping!' Now, when my readers ask if they can visit the school, I can tell them ‘watch the new series of The Worst Witch on CBBC and you'll feel as if you've just flown in through the window!'”

CBBC Productions Executive Producer, Marcus Wilson, says: "We’re honoured that Jill has entrusted us to bring her novels to a new generation of excited viewers. This is an incredibly ambitious production for CBBC and we’ve assembled a fantastic cast and crew who can’t wait to take the audience into the amazing world of The Worst Witch. Time to grab your broomsticks and brace yourselves for the start of the new term at the most magical school in the world!”

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Kids love to read and a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review The Worst Witch.  You can read their reviews below.

  • Jemima Foyster, age 5 - 'Mildred Hubble chews on her plaits, wears her hat back to front and her shoe laces trail on the floor.  She is worst witch in her school but it isn't her fault.' Click Here to read the full review. Read full review >
  • Robyn Chorley, age 5 - 'I thought it was really good, I want to get more Worst Witch books for Mummy to read to me!' Click Here to read the full review Read full review >

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Synopsis

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Miss Cackle's Academy is no ordinary school. It stands at the top of a high mountain surrounded by a pine forest, and one clear days you can just see the pupils flitting about on their broomsticks above the playground wall. For this is a school for witches and, instead of the usual lessons, the girls there all have to learn about such things as casting spells and making magic potions. Mildred Hubble has a reputation for being the worst pupil in the school - she's always getting her spells wrong. But she manages to get by until she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy...

For this special 40th anniversary hardback edition, Jill Murphy has reproduced the original drawings in beautiful full colour.

If you'd like to read more of Mildred's disastrous adventures at Miss Cackle's Academy The Worst Witch Strikes Again, A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, The Worst Witch All at Sea, The Worst Witch Saves the Day and The Worst Witch to the Rescue are also available from Puffin and are perfect for children aged 5-9. See all books in the series here.

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Praise for The Worst Witch.

Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch Sunday Express

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

About the Author

Jill Murphy

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors

Jill Murphy is one of Britain’s most treasured author–illustrators. She wrote and illustrated her first book, the bestselling The Worst Witch, while still only eighteen, and went on to create the award-winning Large family series, which has sold over five million copies worldwide and been adapted for television. Jill’s other characters include a small monster called Marlon who starred in the acclaimed picture books The Last Noo-Noo and All for One, and Ruby the bunny, who stars in Jill's latest picture book, Meltdown! Jill lives in Cornwall.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
112 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Jill Murphy
More books by Jill Murphy

Author's Website

www.jillmurphy.moonfruit.co...

Publisher

Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

4th September 2014

ISBN

9780141344515

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