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The Worst Witch (Puffin Books) [Paperback]

Jill Murphy
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Nov 1978 Puffin Books
Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches has never seen a worse pupil than Mildred Hubble. Her spells always backfire and her broomstick flights end in a crash. Now one of Mildred's spells has ruined things for Ethel Hallow . . . and that Perfect Witch is out for revenge! Black-and-white illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (Nov 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140311084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140311082
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 21 Sep 2002
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)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The worst witch 17 Sep 2003
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The proto-Harry Potter? 4 July 2004
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'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!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Witch made me laugh a lot! 25 Jun 2000
By A Customer
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Witch 10 Mar 2013
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This book is about a girl called Mildred Hubble who goes to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. Mildred is a witch who always gets told off because she breaks the rules although she doesn't mean to. Her best friend is called Maud. Maud is tubby, wears round glasses and she wears her hair in bunches. Miss Hardbroom is Mildred's teacher. She is very thin and strict and likes a girl called Ethel because she gets everything right. The funny thing is that Mildred's cat Tabby is as mischievous as she is.
My favourite character is Mildred herself because she does funny things and she has a nice personality.
I really like the parts where she casts spells on people because they don't work properly and that makes me laugh.
It is my favourite book and I would really recommend it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars year 3 book review 26 Feb 2010
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still as good as when I was a child 20 Feb 2005
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worst witch 6 April 2013
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I loved it. It was the most interesting book I have ever read. Everybody should download this book. It is amazing
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best witch
I think this is the best, I like when Mildred gets scared by miss Hardbroom vanishing.
Also when Mildred saves the school! And Ethel getting turned into a pig. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars worst withch
my grand daughter thoroughlly enjoyed this book from cover to cover and then requested that maybe the rest of the series may be a good idea to have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought me back to my childhood
I remember watching this everyday after school, I loved it. I did not realise it was a book series. I am so glad it is though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dottleddolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Alright
Read this book for school and it was alright but not really excellent. I hope the others are better .
Published 4 months ago by Judith Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
bought this for my 7 year old niece she was glued to it, this is a great little book and i do recommend it to others
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