Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Worst Witch (Worst Witch #1) by Jill Murphy

This was a series I missed when I was younger and I'm very glad they are reissuing them.  This little witch gets in more trouble at witch school than you can imagine!

Candlewick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 5th so make a note.  You just might want to pick up all six for your young reader.  They're fun!

Mildred is a nice witch, but she just can't concentrate on spells.  She keeps messing them up, has a terrible time with her broomstick and it doesn't help that her teacher picks on her.  She's also got another student who gets her in trouble regularly.  What's she to do?

She and a friend hide in a closet so they don't have to go to the Halloween festivities.  Unfortunately, the bully locks them in.  When she finds her broken broomstick in there, she thinks they are saved; they can escape out the opening in the top of the closet.  Unfortunately, she doesn't know where it leads...

When despair overtakes her and she decides to run away from school, she runs into an evil plot being discussed in the forest.  There's no time to get help, what can she do?

These books are generally 100 pages long or so and it has short chapters.  The vocabulary is beyond easy to read, but you could really have a lot of fun reading this series outloud.  Maybe your children would like to take parts and read their lines, too.

All in all, it's a fun series and I enjoyed the whole thing, give a try.  I wouldn't be as nice as Mildred, though.  Would you?

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