Clover Twig and the Perilous Path by Kaye Umansky

Clover Twig and the Perilous Path

Written by Kaye Umansky

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

A second set of entertaining adventures for Clover Twig, a clever and sensible girl who works for Mrs Eckles, a witch. When the Perilous Path arrives unexpectedly in the woods Clover has to help Mrs Eckles and the rest keep off it since, as its name suggests, it’s a road that leads to no good. Lots of laughs as Clover manages all kinds of unusual and unexpected things.


Clover Twig and the Perilous Path by Kaye Umansky

Clover Twig - clever, neat, responsible - is still in the employ of Mrs Eckles - chaotic, cantankerous, and a witch. One day, Granny Dismal, a witch from the neighbouring village, warns them that the Perilous Path has been seen in the woods. As its name indicates, it leads nowhere good, and also has a habit of sneaking up on you. And then little Herby, Clover's baby brother, goes missing. This is a very funny witch-filled romp, featuring Clover, Mrs Eckles and the return of Mrs Eckles's wicked revenge-driven witch sister, Mesmeranza.


Review of ‘Clover Twig and The Perilous Path’ by Books for Keeps [3 stars]

Suave, sophisticated and intelligent, Clover Twig is the perfect hero to set against the somewhat unkempt, ill-mannered and unruly witch society in and around Tingly Bottom. Working as a maligned skivvy for Mrs Eckles, Clover Twig overhears the rumour that the perilous path has returned. The subject of a warning (‘Woe! Seven Times Woe Betide All Ye Who Walk the Perilous Path!’) the path is the stuff of witch legends.

Clover is brought into unexpected proximity to the path when his younger brother Herby goes missing. A furiously fast-paced and funny adventure unfolds, populated with witty and weird characters. Drawing on carnivalesque and pantomime traditions, there’s an exuberant quality to the narrative and to the humour that abounds here. This is Kaye Umansky at her wicked, witty and witchy best!

Praise for Clover Twig and the Incredible Flying Cottage:

'What you want in the holidays is a laugh, and Kaye Umansky does the business ... Fun to read out, especially if you are good at voices and could do a dim cat called Neville.' Sunday Times

'The story has everything - loveable characters, chaotic adventures, witches and spells along with wacky illustrations making this an excellent read.' Bookfest

About the Author

Kaye Umansky

Kaye Umansky is a very successful writer for children, with her books ranging from picture books to novels.

Kaye Umansky trained as a teacher, only beginning to write after her daughter was born. Kaye is the much-loved author of the Pongwiffy books and lives in London where she writes in an office with stars on the ceiling.

Awards Kay has collected
Nottinghamshire Book Award 1993 for Pongwiffy and The Spell of The Year
TES Junior Music Book Award 1999 for Three Rapping Rats

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240 pages


Kaye Umansky
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

1st March 2010




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