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The Worst Witch (Young Puffin Story Books) [Paperback]

Jill Murphy
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27 Sep 2001 Young Puffin Story Books

The Worst Witch is a classic children's story by Jill Murphy

Jill Murphy's classic, much-loved The Worst Witch series is the original story of life at a magical boarding school, perfect for 5-9 readers. Loveable but accident-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches . . .

'Oh no . . . You've done it now Mildred!'

Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, but she's making an awful mess of it. She keeps getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. And when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet into her worst enemy, chaos ensues...

'Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch' - Sunday Express

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. The Worst Witch stories, of which this is the first, are some of Puffin's most successful titles.

If you'd like to read more of Mildred's disastrous adventures at Miss Cackle's Academy The Worst Witch Strikes Again, A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, The Worst Witch All at Sea, The Worst Witch Saves the Day and The Worst Witch to the Rescue are also available from Puffin and are perfect for children aged 5-9.



Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (27 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141314508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141314501
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 12.7 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,375 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. The Worst Witch stories, of which this is the first, are some of Puffin's most successful titles.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 21 Sep 2002
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Witch made me laugh a lot! 25 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars year 3 book review 26 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
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
By A. K. Davis VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The proto-Harry Potter? 4 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
'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 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 Wonderful Fun 28 May 2009
Format:Paperback
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)
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As wonderful as I remember. Loving reading this to my 5 year old.
Published 6 days ago by R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars It was her mother's favourite story as a child so I am sure it ...
I am saving this for my granddaughter to read on holiday. It was her mother's favourite story as a child so I am sure it will go down well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the DEFINITIVE version of The Worst Witch
This review is specifically for the Colour Gift Edition.

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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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