Winnie's Haunted House by Valerie Thomas

Winnie's Haunted House

Written by Valerie Thomas
Illustrated by Korky Paul

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Ever popular duo Winnie the Witch and Wilbur return in a particularly high-spirited adventure. Wilbur causes all sorts of mischief in Winnie’s house, but unable to find her spectacles (readers will spot them on her head) Winnie can’t see the cause of the chaos and decides her home must be haunted. Misreading the spell to put things right, she accidentally fills her house with ghosts! Fortunately a quick ‘Arbadacarba!’ sorts everything out. Korky Paul’s zany illustrations, which provide children with something different to spot at every reading, are the perfect foil for Valerie Thomas’s unfussy and engaging narrative and together this talented team create picture book magic. ~ Andrea Reece


Winnie's Haunted House by Valerie Thomas

Winnie and Wilbur are settling down for a lazy afternoon. But when Wilbur accidently smashes one of Winnie's vases he hides to evade suspicion ...He then goes on to bring down Winnie's curtains and her chandelier - each time hiding himself away. Winnie begins to think her house must be haunted. She instigates what she thinks is a spell to fix a haunted house but ends up instead filling her house with skeletons, ghosts, spiders, bats and owls. Spooktacular hilarity unfolds until Wilbur emerges from his hiding place, Winnie gets the spell right, normality is restored and all is well - but Winnie will never know just who was haunting her house in the first place. (Much to Wilbur's relief!)

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'Pure magic.' The Times

'Paul's artwork is as dynamic and arresting as ever. His comic touch is perfectly judged.' Guardian

About the Author

Valerie Thomas

Valerie Thomas was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has lived there for most of her life, apart from six years spent in Europe, where she worked in England, France and Norway. She is a teacher, and has taught in primary, secondary, and special schools in Australia and England as well as lecturing in English Teaching Method in a Teachers' College in Melbourne.

For many years she worked as an educational researcher and curriculum consultant in the area of spelling, and has written extensively on the subject. Her other main interest is travel. She has travelled to most corners of the world, and has written about her travels: the first piece of writing she had published was an account of her experience picking grapes for the champagne harvest in France. She is now trying to organise her life so that she never has to experience another Winter.

In 1987 her phenomenally successful children’s book Winnie the Witch, illustrated by Korky Paul, was published by Oxford University Press and won the Children’s Book of the Year Award. She used to live with a big black cat exactly like Wilbur.

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32 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

3rd March 2016




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