Spooky Winnie by Laura Owen

Spooky Winnie

Written by Laura Owen

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The best-selling and ever popular witch Winnie and her cat Wilbur star in the four laugh-out-loud stories in this collection. When things go wrong with the washing machine Winnie tries to create a time machine to solve all her problems. As ever with Winnie, nothing goes quite according to plan! Similar disasters befall her when she tries to tame her wand and when she tries to add something special to Halloween!

A Piece of Passion from Helen Mortimer, commissioning editor for children’s books at Oxford University Press.

A big part of my job is looking after all the Winnie the Witch titles that we publish. What I love about Winnie is that she’s such good company. Her days are never, ever boring so if you want to add some sparkle to yours, you just need to spend some time with Winnie and Wilbur. I’m not going to give too much away about the stories in Spooky Winnie but you may be wondering why Winnie is wrapped up in loo roll and Wilbur is draped in a ghost costume. Well, it all starts when Mrs Parmar delivers a party invitation to Winnie, at the end of October . . . that should give you a clue! As with all the books from the brilliant partnership of Laura Owen and Korky Paul, there are four fabulous stories in Spooky Winnie. When she’s not putting some magic into Halloween, you’ll find Winnie taking Wilbur and her giant next-door neighbour Jerry on a spot of prehistoric time travel, making Wilbur’s fur stand on end with some spine-tingling stories, and trying to tame a new wand that has a mind of its own.

The pages are packed with pictures – I think my favourite has to be the one where Korky Paul has drawn Wilbur with ‘eyes as big as mushrooms’ as Winnie tells him a spooky ghost story. And Winnie’s time machine is pretty awesome, too. Every page number even has its own Korky Paul doodle around it – there are all sorts of minibeasts with miniature contraptions to frame each number, and each one is a work of art!

So make your Halloween a happy one – with guaranteed giggles from everyone’s favourite witch!


Spooky Winnie by Laura Owen

Here's just the book to enjoy whenever you feel like adding a little spookiness to your life. Whether she's telling ghost stories, turning back time, battling with mischievous wands, or getting ready for a night of trick-or-treating, Winnie brings her very own brand of muddled-up magic to everything she does.

Fans who have grown up with Winnie, or those new to her charms, can enjoy her chaotic capers in this latest young fiction title, perfect for reading alone or for sharing at bedtime. Korky Paul's exuberant black line illustrations complement the humour, slapstick, and moments of real drama that run through each story. Pure magic!

In these four new stories, illustrated by Korky Paul, everyone's favourite witch feels a little bit spooky: telling ghost stories, turning back time, battling with mischievous wands, and getting ready for a night of trick-or-treating.

Download a super-spooky Winnie Activity Pack - full of fancy dress ideas for Halloween, a how-to-draw Winnie guide and a recipe for pumpkin soup! Click here!


Oxford's Winnie the Witch young fiction ... is bound to be a winner The Bookseller

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 October 2013




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