Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

This is year three at witch school.  Will it be any better?

Candlewick Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity read this book for review (thank you).  The new editions will be published August 5th, so make a note to pick them up then.

This year, Mildred is determined to succeed.  Her biggest problem is still Ethel, who is always looking for a chance to get her in trouble.  When Mildred spots a new student in her first year at the school she goes over to welcome her and calm her down.  Instead, the student gets mouthy and Mildred tells her tales about the woods to get her to shut up.  You'd know it; it's Ethel's little sister.  When Mildred makes a derogatory comment about her, Ethel decides to get even.  She sneaks into Mildred's room and turns her into a frog.  

When Ms. H comes up check on why she hasn't come down for classes, she grabs the frog and puts in a glass container for use in the classroom later.  Poor Mildred can't talk.  But she can try to communicate otherwise.  Her friends Maud and Enid let her loose and she escapes the school grounds.  She heads for the pond.

Who else but Mildred would find another frog who just happens to be a wizard changed into a frog.  She tells him she'll help him, but it takes a wizard to do it and he's been there for so very long...

These stories are never boring and they're great fun to read.  I had to read the whole series before I could stop.  I like Mildred and her friends.  I bet your little ones will, too.

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