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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141349638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141349633
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A lovely, sparky book for confident readers (mainly girls) of 8-11, and for anyone who has ever missed a trick.’ -- Observer 30/10/05

‘Mildred Hubble makes a welcome return’ Guardian, 02/10/05 -- Guardian, 02/10/05

‘hurray for Jill Murphy’s comeback… ; little girls will love the antics of Mildred Hubble and her hopeless tabby cat’ -- Independent, 21st October, 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 are some of Puffin's most successful titles.


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I bought this for my 10 year old daughter who has enjoyed reading the other Worst Witch stories and this one doesn't disappoint. She really enjoyed the part where Mildred (the main character) turns herself into an ant! Even though this book is part of a series, I think you can enjoy it without reading the earlier ones. I think it's suitable for 7-11 years.
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I remember reading and enjoying these books when I was young, bought them for my daughter, and we are enjoying reading them together, loving them just as much second time round. Brilliant adventures of a little witch.
Arrived well packaged, excellent price Fantastic seller. Thank You :-)
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This is Jill's newest Worst Witch book, and I might go as far as to say that it is her best. With the mischevious ways of Mildred Hubble, her and her friends Maud and Enid are now in Form Three with a new form mistress, Miss Granite, who has a mass of red curls and a strange cloak that hides most of her face. But prepare for laughs - Mildred loses her hair and when it grows again, it just won't stop! A brilliant book, you won't be disappointed. Along with 'A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch', this is the best one yet/
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Super! Have read all of them with my boys age 6 and 8 and they love them - even if the main character is a girl! They are just nice and wholesome and fun..... Great for giving example of resilience and how to cope when things not going your way. Can't recommend the series highly enough for this age group. This book was the best of the lot I think
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Format: Hardcover
Despite first reading the worst witch books fifteen years ago, i still delighted at the prospect of a new addition to the series. Fond memories of childhood and all that. Maybe it's a critical adult perspective on a series aimed completely at children but this latest fell far short of the mark. First, at a very stingy 156 pages of large print and illustrations, i feel a distinct annoyance at an author whom i suspect is merely running on her own steam of her previous works, in an attempt to catch up with the Harry Potter bandwagon. The story is clipped and one dimensional. A single thread which plays out all too quickly and leaves one wishing for something more. I am used the Worst Witch books covering an entire term. This one felt more like a single episode of the bland tv series.
One thing that i truly wish the author had realised before she picked up a dictionary of teenage slang for the '00s was how well the original four books had aged. Her attempts to allign this new book with the harry potter generation have not worked. Whereas the older classic worst witch books hold their own against the weighty, overrated Harry Potter series, this one lets the side down and comes across as a cheap imitation of the latter.
The illustrations are as beautiful as ever, which makes up for the overall disappointment of this short read. You're all going to buy it. Nothing I can say will or should stop you. But prepare for disappointment.
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Format: Paperback
I'm astounded at the other reviews for this book, my daughter couldn't put it down, having seen some of the tv series, she was keen to read all of the worst witch series but particularly loved this one - language & understanding of life at boarding school and the complexities of girls of a certain age is clearly demonstrated. I do wonder if the author was the inspiration to a young JK Rowling!
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Format: Audio Download
This is the second 'Worst Witch' novel we have listened to. It's very hard to distinguish it from the first. The main idea is familiar:

1) Heroine supposedly inept but actually just trusting and never seeks adult help despite the relentless bullying of her
2) Spiteful enemy, who is as praised by the
3) unimaginative 1950s-Style Teachers as the heroine is belittled and yet
4) despite isolation the Heroine responds... heroically... but no-one remembers this in the next book, where she is once again presumed incompetent. And so the dreary performance goes on.

Okay, sometimes kids like repetition and predictability. But this is tired, trite fiction. Find them something better or stay out of earshot.

My 7-year old son hates it too - he doesn't like the mounting buttock-clench drama as the heroine attracts the unfair disapproval of her teachers.

Miriam Margolyes' upper-class tones are certainly in-keeping with the boarding school atmosphere but personally I preferred Barbara Flynn's warmer narration in The Worst Witch to the Rescue.

(This review is based on an unabridged recording of The Worst Witch Saves the Day on CD, read by Miriam Margolyes, and lasting 1 hour and 46 minutes.)
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This book arrived very quickly, as always from Amazon. It's the first one in the series that my Daughter has read and she absolutely loves it! shall be ordering the rest :-)
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