Winnie Takes the Plunge by Laura Owen

Winnie Takes the Plunge

Written by Laura Owen
Illustrated by Korky Paul

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Popular worldwide, accident prone Winnie the Witch is back for new adventures in this collection of stories that are perfect for developing readers aged 5+. Winnie is always up to take the plunge whether it is sharing her house with musical mice, magiking a snowman to do some abominable things, entertaining Gerry, the giant who lives next door, at a party or, in the title story, being flushed down the toilet and ending up trapped under the ocean by a merman. Luckily, whatever scrape Winnie gets into, Wilbur, her resourceful cat, usefully knows just the way to get her out.

Lovereading4kids comment: Four crazily funny stories featuring everyone's favourite witch, her big black cat, Wilbur, and a zany supporting cast of new characters. Korky Paul's exuberant black line illustrations complement the humour, slapstick, and moments of real drama that run through each story. Pure magic!

A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to read and review Mini Winnie which is the freader reviewsirst Winnie Young Fiction title. Here's a taster....'Each page of the book is crammed full of really cool jokes and Korky Paul’s illustrations are great, making me chuckle away for hours. It’s a fantastic book and I can’t wait to get hold of more of the series to see what Winnie gets up to.'....

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Winnie Takes the Plunge by Laura Owen

In four new stories, illustrated by Korky Paul, everyone's favourite witch and her cat Wilbur come face to face with a merman, a giant, some musical mice and an abominable snowman-welcome to Winnie's world!

Winnie is not afraid of taking the plunge. In 'Winnie's Mouse Organ' Winnie discovers that the little rodents who share her house have undiscovered musical talents; in 'Winnie's Snowball' Winnie unwittingly magics a snowman into the rather dangerous 'abominable' variety; in 'Winnie's Giant Party' Winnie helps Jerry, her giant next-door neighbour, to get into the party mood; and in 'Winnie Takes the Plunge' disaster strikes when Winnie gets flushed down her loo and ends up trapped by a merman under the ocean waves until Wilbur stages a bold rescue.


Oxford's brand-new series of Winnie the Witch young fiction ... is bound to be a winner. The Bookseller Praise for Whizz-Bang Winnie: The pictures, as ever, bristle with an inspired lunacy that 5+ love. Amanda Craig, The Times

Praise for Whizz-Bang Winnie: [Winnie's] mad antics make hilarious reading. Primary Times

About the Author

Winnie the Witch was created by Valerie Thomas and all the Winnie picture books are written by her and brilliantly and zanily illustrated by the incomparable Korky Paul. The Winnie the Witch read aloud titles, perfect for those children just beginning to make the move from picture books to reading aloud or reading alone are written by Laura Owen and illustrated by Korky Paul. Laura has had unrestricted access to the world of Winnie and Wilbur. She has discovered hitherto unknown details about the life and mishaps of everyone’s favourite witch. Winnie has let Laura into her home and talked to her frankly about the many adventures she has shared with Wilbur. In order for this bond of trust to continue between Winnie and Laura, Laura has chosen to keep her profile as low as possible so there's nothing more we can tell you.

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96 pages


Laura Owen
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

3rd March 2011




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