Winnie Shapes Up by Laura Owen

Winnie Shapes Up

Written by Laura Owen
Illustrated by Korky Paul

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The zany witch Winnie has four very surprising adventures in each of the entertaining short stories in this collection. Whatever Winnie does it always seems to go horribly wrong. Raising money through a sponsored silence, helping aliens find their way home, entering the pancake race or shaping up with some strenuous exercise – Winnie gets into a tangle with them all in this easy to read short stories.

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 Shapes Up by Laura Owen

Winnie knows she needs to shape up. In 'Ssshh! Winnie' Winnie takes part in a sponsored silence and, although she can't stop herself talking, her stories keep the little ordinaries completely quiet for hours on end; in 'Flipping Winnie' Winnie enters a pancake race in the village fete with hilarious consequences; in 'Where's Winnie?' she can't work out how to programme her broomstick navigation system and ends up being kidnapped by aliens; and in 'Winnie Shapes Up' she causes chaos in the local gym-when the weights become weightless and the swimmers discover they're sharing their pool with a shark! 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!


"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

"[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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Oxford University Press

Publication date

4th August 2011




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