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First Prize for the Worst Witch

Written by Jill Murphy

Illustrated by Jill Murphy

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on First Prize for the Worst Witch

This lovely new foray into the thoroughly engaging and well realised world of Mildred and her struggles to learn witchcraft is bound to win new fans for the series

It’s over forty years since publication of Jill Murphy’s first Worst Witch story but you’d never know it from reading the books; certainly this new story is as fresh and sparky as anything around and magical reading for youngsters. Neatly observed friendships and classroom rivalries plus Mildred’s accidental mishaps are the basis of the stories, all cleverly mixed up of course with magic. Mildred’s broomstick handling improved considerably when she found little dog Star, with him perched behind her she’s much better at flying and when his real owners arrive to claim him, she is heartbroken. But, as headmistress Miss Cackle points out, Mildred has an extraordinary knack for sorting things out – can she find a way to keep Star, and frustrate arch enemy Ethel in the process? The plot zooms along as smoothly as a broomstick at top speed, realism, fantasy and humour in perfect balance.  It’s an absolute treat for young readers, spellbinding early reading.


Andrea Reece

First Prize for the Worst Witch Synopsis

As seen on TV, accident-prone Mildred Hubble is the Worst Witch at Miss Cackle's Academy.

She's always getting her spells wrong and landing herself in trouble. But Mildred is now in the last term of 4th Year and determined to prove that she's not as useless as everyone thinks - could it be First Prize for the worst witch after all?

Mildred Hubble is the original Worst Witch. Her adventures began in 1974 and have been in print every since.

Hugely successful, in 2016 Mildred's escapades with best friends Maud and Enid, were adapted for TV to much acclaim, with a second series to come in spring 2017. Jill Murphy started putting books together (literally with a stapler), when she was six. The Worst Witch was first published in 1974 and this much-loved classic has been enjoyed by readers for more than 40 years. Jill Murphy also written and illustrated several award-winning picture books for younger children.

First Prize for the Worst Witch Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This book is about a girl called Mildred who is extremely cheeky sometimes. The thing I liked about this book is the ending. The pictures are lovely. Full review

Amatullah Khatun (Age 8)

This is filled with laughter, magic and friendship. I really enjoyed and I do create books myself as well inspired by the Worst Witch! Full review

Florence Bridgeman (Age 8)

A great adventure story - good host of characters and lots of escapades. The animals are brilliant and Mildred entertains, with a positive message, as always. Full review

Sam Radford (Age 8)

In this book, Mildred's surprisingly acrobatic dog (which she found) gets claimed by the circus. She trades him for magical toothbrushes, a dustpan & brush & a broom for her dog, a horse and a seal! Full review

Ellen Hall (Age 9)

Who will win first prize and what mistakes will Mildred make along the way!? Full review

Clara Buttling (Age 8)

The book is very good and I would recommend it to my friends. Full review

Jai Shah (Age 9)

The latest adventure in the Worst Witch series of books. I found that this book was mysterious and exciting at the same time. Follow Mildred's adventures as she tries to free her dog from a circus. Full review

Hannah (Age 9)

Another brilliant Mildred Hubble adventure, I can't for the next one. My rating for this book is 12 stars. Full review

Aggie Daniels (Age 8)

A great book, easy to read and keeps your interest. Lots of laughs and an unexpected ending. I really enjoyed reading the book. Full review

Angelito Francisco (Age 7)

As good as all the other Worst Witch books. Full review

Rob (Age 8)

Our favourite character is Star because he is a very sweet, clever and talented dog, and he has a secret identity that Mildred doesn’t know about. Full review

Ollie and Toby Hopwood (Age 8 and 6)

First Prize for the Worst Witch Press Reviews

The Worst Witch is back - and it's as subtly feminist as ever  New Statesman 

Now that's TV magic: With stunning special effects and a whole coven of top-notch stars, CBBC's The Worst Witch will cast a spell on young and old alike  Daily Mail

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141355160
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141355092
Publication date: 06/09/2018
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141355092
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: Jill Murphy
Illustrator: Jill Murphy
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Jill Murphy

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors    Jill Murphy is one of Britain’s most treasured author–illustrators. She wrote and illustrated her first book, the bestselling The Worst Witch, while still only eighteen, and went on to create the award-winning Large family series, which has sold over five million copies worldwide and been adapted for television. Jill’s other characters include a small monster called Marlon who starred in the acclaimed picture books The Last Noo-Noo and All for One, and Ruby the bunny, who stars in Jill's latest picture book, Meltdown! Jill ...

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