The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star by Jill Murphy

The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star

Written by Jill Murphy

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The classic character Mildred Hubble, the most disaster-prone young witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches is back with a wonderful new adventure to celebrate 40 years since she first started at the school! It’s the beginning of a new term; Mildred and her friends are impressed by Miss Drill, their new, almost trendy form tutor. She’s certainly very different from Miss Cackle and Miss Hardbroom who have been running the school. When Miss Drill announces a very special competition which will be looking for star quality, everyone is very keen to enter! Can Mildred and the lovely little dog who surprisingly arrives to help her succeed or will the usual kinds of disasters befall her? A hugely entertaining story with wonderful illustrations, too.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Worst Witch And The Wishing Star a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I love the Worst Witch books, and really really enjoyed this one too! A must read!' - Matilda Greenacre

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The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star by Jill Murphy

Welcome back to the Worst Witch. This is the first new story in six years but Mildred Hubble is still as disaster-prone as ever! And as funny. Mildred's wish-come-true is a small dog but she has to keep him a secret from her friends, and especially the formidable Miss Hardbroom. It's a disaster waiting to happen...and it does...!

The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star launches a stunning new cover look and an appealing squarer format across the whole of the Worst Witch series.

lllustrated throughout with black and white pen drawings.


Kids love to read and a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review The Worst Witch And The Wishing Star. You can read their reviews below.

Evie Young, age 8 - 'Mildred makes a wish on a star but does it come true? I think everyone will like this book, especially troublemakers like Mildred because this book will prove that not all trouble monkeys are bad all of the time.' Click Here to read the full review.

Lucy Keaveny, age 8 - 'The start of the year for Mildred goes surprisingly smoothly but her luck does not last for long as a wish on a star doesn't bring the luck she expects.' Click Here to read the full review.

Ella Meredith, age 7 - 'A really entertaining read for children and adults alike. 5 stars!' Click Here to read the full review.

George Johnson, age 7 - 'I hadn't read any of ‘The Worst Witch’ series before so wasn't sure what to expect. But I read the book in two nights because it was so good!' Click Here to read the full review.

Robyn Chorley, age 5 - 'I thought it was really good, I want to get more Worst Witch books for Mummy to read to me!' Click Here to read the full review.

Jessica Cobbin, age 7 - 'It's a really exciting book..It made me want to go to a school for witches and learn how to ride a broomstick.' Click Here to read the full review.

Hannah Minton, age 8 - 'I loved this story, it was full of adventure, friendship and fun.' Click Here to read the full review.

Rosie Anna Bullard, age 7 - 'This story is about Mildred Hubel and her two best friends Maud and Enid. Mildred is off to a great start, until she wishes on a wishing star and everything starts to go wrong.' Click Here to read the full review.

Sylvie Williams, age 8 - 'I think lots of people will like The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, especially if they like dogs and witches! It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the rest of the series.' Click Here to read the full review.

Adiella Norridge, age 10 - 'Short but good, entertaining and funny. Jill Murphy has done a great job of developing Mildred as a character.' Click Here to read the full review.

Rohan Delamere, age 8 - 'This is about a girl who wishes on a shooting star and her wish comes true and she has an adventure!' Click Here to read the full review.

Matilda Greenacre, age 7 - 'I love the Worst Witch books, and really really enjoyed this one too! A must read!' Click Here to read the full review.


A hugely entertaining story with wonderful illustrations, too. -- Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4Kids

About the Author

Jill Murphy

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors

Jill Murphy was born in London in 1949 and attended the Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon. From a very early age she was drawing and writing stories, and was already putting books together (literally, with a stapler) by the time she was six. she enjoyed reading boarding school stories, and together with her experience of convent school life, this provided much of the material and inspiration Miss Cackle's Academy in The Worst Witch, which she started when she was 15. Mildred Hubble is very much a self-portrait! She went on to study at Chelsea, Croydon and Camberwell Schools of Art. Jill worked in a children’s home for four years and as a nanny for a year, before becoming a freelance writer and illustrator. The Worst Witch stories have become some of the most outstandingly successful titles on the Young Puffin paperback list and have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. They were also made into a major ITV series.

Jill is also well known for her picture books, in particular the stories about the Large Family which detail the domestic chaos of an elephant family. She was commended in the 1980 Kate Greenaway Medal for Peace at Last. A Quiet Night In was shortlisted for the same medal in 1994. Five Minute's Peace won the 1987 Parents Magazine Best Books for Babies Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 1986 Children's Book Award. All in One Piece was highly commended for the 1987 Kate Greenaway Award and shortlisted for the 1987 Children's Book Award. The Last Noo-noo won the 0-5 category of the 1995 Smarties Book Prize as well as numerous other awards. In 1996 it was adapted as a play and performed at the Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, London. In 2007, Jill received an honorary fellowship from University College Falmouth. She currently lives in Cornwall with her son.

As a child

Jill was born and brought up in London and says that she can’t remember a time she wasn’t a storyteller/illustrator. “My earliest memory (my mum tells me I was two), is sitting on the kitchen floor surrounded by sheets of drawings.” By the age of six, Jill was stapling her own little illustrated storybooks together – her mum kept them all and she still has them today! “It’s great fun to see them all these years later,” she says. “You can see how my handwriting and drawing improved as time went by.” Jill loved primary school, where, she says “I could always draw my way out of trouble if we had a tricky history project!” – but she went to a very strict academic convent which she hated for the first year. “The nuns didn’t care that I could draw fantastic pictures,” she says. “Where was my physics homework!?”

As an adult

Jill left school at sixteen, and went on to attend both Chelsea Art School and Croydon Art School. Two years later, she finished her first novel The Worst Witch, about a little witch who doesn’t fit in at her new school – a story she says was heavily based on her experiences at the convent. She sent it off to three big London publishers, who all turned it down, and Jill “put it in a drawer and decided to concentrate on other things instead.” After a spell working as a nanny and in a children’s home, which she loved, Jill had a phone call from a small publisher interested in The Worst Witch. It was printed when she was twenty-four, sold out almost immediately, and Jill knew for sure she wanted to follow a career as an author/illustrator.

As an artist

Jill has written and illustrated numerous books since The Worst Witch was published, including three more books about little witch Mildred Hubble. Jill’s work has won her numerous prizes and awards; her first picture book, Peace at Last was Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and she was shortlisted for the same Medal for A Quiet Night In, the first of the Mr and Mrs Large picture books about the endearing domestic chaos of an elephant family. The other titles are A Piece of Cake, Five Minutes Peace (Winner of the Best Books for Babies Award and shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award), All in One Piece (Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Award and shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award) and Mr Large in Charge. The stories have now been adapted for television. The Last Noo-noo, about a small monster called Marlon, won three awards, including the Smarties Book Prize, and Marlon returns again in the acclaimed All For One.

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Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd October 2013




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