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The Worst Witch (Young Puffin Story Books) Paperback – 27 Sep 2001

4.8 out of 5 stars 363 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (27 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141314508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141314501
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch (Sunday Express) --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, of which this is the first, are some of Puffin's most successful titles.


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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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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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I (and my son) became fans of the Large family since we read the first book, Five Minutes Peace. I was looking for hardback edition with all four stories, alas without success. So... as soon as this book appeared at Amazon I've ordered it although we already had all the four books in paperbacks. I have to say I am slightly disappointed by this edition compared with paperback versions. Some of the pictures got too small while others (for instance, my son's favourite one where the dieting elephants get rid of crisps, bisquits and bananas) have disappeared altogether. If you have kids and never had any of the Large family books, buy this book. It is great value and stories are just wonderful. You will love them. But if you've got the original paperbacks, don't hurry to throw them away.
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Storyline - It's about a little bear who want to go to the moon. He finds a box, which he uses as his rocket. He makes himself a helmet and space boots out of items from the house. He journey starts up the chimney and then into space, he saw lots of louds, an airplane, an owl and then he landed on the moon. While he was on the moon he had a picnic and then made his way back home. But his journey home was unpleasant, he got really wet and then he came crashing down through the chimney again. When his mum saw him she didn’t believe what he had done and then he had a bath to clean himself.

Early Years Teachers - This book proved to be an invaluable resource on my teaching placements. As with this well respected and loved children's author, Jill Murphy, this is a great book with a good story line. It is so versatile and can be enjoyed by many ages. It is really easy to engage with as there are so many possible themes in the story which can be explored to a suitable depth dependent on the children's ages.

Themes include: space, recycling, bears, emotions, safety.

Activity ideas:
- Children could make their own rockets out of junk modelling materials, plasticine, play-doh or clay.
- Children could be given a big cardboard box either inside the classroom or outside and they can be left alone to go on their own journeys in the box and make up what they want to do and where they want to go.
- Children could act out the story in a role play as the teacher reads the story.
- Children could look into what rockets are used for, what they are made out of and why they are used? This could lead onto them learning about the stars, sun, moon and transport.
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A beautifully conceived and illustrated book with a charming tale of a bear's adventure at bathtime. The use of 'noise' words brings the tale to life. Black and white drawings on the text pages face beautiful full colour pictures opposite adding to the story. It has become a tale we know by heart and yet never dread as it is selected frequently. The quality of the board is high and the book is showing less signs of wear than some of its contemporaries. A real favourite and one to keep to pass down.
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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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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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I won't comment on the quality of the writing, as many other reviewers have voiced their opinions on that subject, but please be aware that this collection only contains about half the illustrations from the books as they were published in their single-story form. Since it is the pictures rather than the words that appeal to the younger reader (and, I suspect, most of the older readers too), this is not the money-saving opportunity it may appear.

I had purchased one of the individual books and enjoyed it very much with my 2 year old daughter, so decided to purchase this collection to get the rest. I found it much more wordy since there is now twice as much text per illustration, and it is less appealing to its intended audience because of this imbalance. Avoid this edition and buy the single books (or get them from the library!)
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