on 19 August 2001
I have always been a big fan of the worst witch and this book is just as pleasing as the rest. In The Worst Witch All At Sea Mildred is forced to leave her Tabby Cat behind when the form go to the seaside. But Mildred cannot bear to leave Tabby so smuggles him along. But for how long can she keep him hidden? And with the interfering Enid and Miss Hardbroom, can she dodge another disaster? This book is fun and completely enjoyable. I couldnt put it down!
on 7 April 2016
Revisiting these stories as an adult was really fantastic, having read the first four books when I was at school (when the TV series first aired). The Worst Witch All At Sea is the book I remember, and the episodes I remember from the show too. The premise, the actual story - all fantastic! Not to mention the artwork by Jill Murphy, my favourite thing about these books, is just improving with every book.
Mildred having to give up Tabby because he doesn't fit in with all of the black cats is heart-breaking. Of course she craves to be back with her beloved pet, who has been given a job in the kitchens as a mouser, and on a school trip to Gloom Cove to visit a character from the previous book (Algernon Rowan-Webb) she manages to swap her replacement cat, Ebony, with her beloved Tabby.
The best part of this whole book for me are the chapters where Mildred learns that Ethel has set the boat she is keeping Tabby on adrift into the night. The emotive language Murphy uses to describe Mildred's fear of the dark, the cold and eventually her sense of hope when she finds Tabby, are so powerful and for a children's book it really had my heart racing both on my first read and my most recent read.
If I could give this book 5000 stars I would.
on 21 August 2007
Rating : 4.0/5
Number in Series : #4
Reason for Reading : A bit of light reading
Worst Witch Mildred Hubble returns for another adventure. Miss Cackle (headmistress of Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches) wants Mildred to swap Tabby, her cat, for better behaved black cat Ebony which will also look better with the school colours.
On the upside Form Two led by Miss Hardbroom have been invited to spend a week's holiday at the seaside visiting magician Mr Rowan-Webb (Mildred rescued him from spending the rest of his life as a frog in A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch - book 3). He lives in Gloom Castle at Grim Cove and there is a tale of hidden treasure on Cat's Head Rock nearby. Things become complicated for Mildred when she secretly takes Tabby on holiday instead of Ebony. She has to hide him and secretly take him food.
This was a really fun book. I read the first three when I was a child and loved them. The illustrations are also by the author and are fantastically well done. It was lovely to revisit some characters from my childhood, especially as I am reading some heavy going books at the moment. I recommend this to anyone looking to escape for a couple of hours and anyone who has kids.