Hurray for Jill Murphy...little girls will love the antics of Mildred Hubble and her hopeless tabby cat (Independent)
Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch (Sunday Express)
Witty and original (Books for Keeps)
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About the Author
Jill Murphy was born in London in 1949. 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 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.
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MISS CACKLE'S Academy for Witches stood at the top of a high mountain surrounded by a pine forest. Read the first page
I first read this book in about 1981 and I've loved it ever since. Forget the terrible tv series which had very little to do with the actual work, this book is a great read - FULL of spooky, misty, atmosphere and marvellous characters like the terrifying Miss Hardbroom... Well worth reading, especially for any child who missed the tv series...(btw, the best adaptation was the 1980s film with Fairuza Baulk, a fab Halloween film :0)
Having never read this series as a child, I was recommened it for my childern. I really enjoyed Mildred Hubbles poor displays of witchcraft and how she won through after several disasters. You could see it as a forerunner of Harry Potter. A wonderful book fof a young reader as the story progresses quickly and is easy to follow. I will read another.
I thought this book was very funny. Mildred Hubble gets everything wrong and she threatens to turn her enemy in to a frog. But like all her other spells, she gets it wrong - with funny results! I am 7 years old and am looking forward to reading the next book about the worst witch.
The Worst Witch is writen by Jill Murphy she is not that famous it is my favourite Worst Witch book.
A girl called Mildred can't walk from one end off the coridor to the other with out getting told of.She lives in Miss Cacles Acadamy,she has a best freind called Maud and she can't even ride a broomstick because her cat Tabby can't stay on her broomstick.
I liked the bit when Mildred turned the group of witches into snails because first she got the spell wrong and she turned them into dogs.
I recomend this book to children between year 2 and year 4.I would give this book 10 out of 10 because I love this book very much.
I really enjoyed the worst witch books when I was a child and I am amazed to find out now it was originally published three years before I was born. The story is still enjoyable and the drawings throughout the book are wonderful and really add to the text. Of course a similarity if always going to be drawn to this and Harry Potter (broomstick and potions classes) but at just over 100 pages and with larger print it is aimed at a younger audience than the Harry Potter books but should be enjoyable to most readers, even older ones!
'The Worst Witch' series was a favourite of mine as a child - a sort of proto-Harry Potter for kids in the early 80's, albeit aimed at a slightly younger age group. As a fan of the Potter books, I was curious to know whether the HP phenomenon had led to a resurgence of interest in the adventures of Mildred and co. I was so certain that the books would be out of print by now, so to rediscover them all over again was a joy. After re-reading the Worst Witch, I was pleased to see that it has stood the test of time. Recommended for younger readers of the Harry Potter series and children of all ages (including 30-somethings!)
If not a classic, it's one in the making. I loved this book as much as my kids. The characters are charming, endearing and classically fun. I see this as an early version of a Harry Potter book--though not as indepth or as intense, it is very exciting and fun to read, and the characters are easy to get attached to. I look forward to reading more by this author. For those who like this book, we recommend the Fairy Chronicles series books too. Mimosa and the River of Wisdom (Fairy Chronicles),Moonflower and the Pearl of Paramour (Fairy Chronicles)