Winnie Under the Sea by Valerie Thomas

Winnie Under the Sea

Written by Valerie Thomas
Illustrated by Korky Paul

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The madcap witch Minnie is back with a wonderful new story. Enjoying a seaside holiday, Winnie discovers that her faithful cat Wilbur can’t swim. Luckily she has a solution... Winne turns Wilbur into a cat fish and, to keep up with him, turns herself into an octopus! All goes well until Winnie’s wand sinks out of sight deep on the seabed. Glorious and hilarious seascapes make a delightful backdrop to this witty adventure.


Winnie Under the Sea by Valerie Thomas

Winnie and Wilbur whizz off for a holiday at the seaside. Winnie can't wait to dive in and explore life under the sea but Wilbur isn't so sure. Water is very wet after all and he feels quite at home dozing on land. But Winnie has an idea. ABRACADABRA! Wilbur has been turned into a cat-fish! Suddenly Wilbur doesn't mind getting wet and he's having so much fun that Winnie decides to turn herself into an octopus so they can swim with the fishes together. But oh no! Winnie drops her wand and it sinks out of sight. They must find the wand or risk being sea creatures forever. After a thorough search of the ocean they find it in a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea and Winnie uses her magic so they can enjoy the ocean safely, as a witch and a cat. Join Winnie and Wilbur under the sea for another irresistible adventure.


'Paul's artwork is as dynamic and arresting as ever. His comic touch is perfectly judged, stretching the simple story within reach of a wide age group.' - Guardian

Praise for Winnie in Space:

'The real delight of this eternally scatty pair (Winnie and Wilbur) lies in Korky Paul's scrawling, madcap illustrations.' - Jennifer and Andy Lofthouse, ABC magazine

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


Valerie Thomas
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

1st September 2011




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