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Book Title: The Worst Witch|
The author of the book: Jill Murphy
Edition: Puffin Bks
Date of issue: November 25th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780141319629
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 753 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.4
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This is the perfect book for young reluctant readers.
It’s engaging, fun, fast-paced and actually a really great story. There’s a magic school, great friendship, antiheroes and a series of unfortunate events.
And let’s not forget the lovely illustrations. This is no Harry Potter for sure—sure, sure, sure—but no one asked it to be, especially since it was first published before that series. It’s light and the kind of book you don’t plan on finishing right the moment you start it but can’t help yourself nonetheless.
The main character, Mildred, is the worst witch ever at the Academy. She seems to attract misery and catastrophe around her. Will she and her affected classmates make it through the first year intact?
To me there’s no surprise that this series was brought to the screen—twice: the first time from 1998 to 2001 and a second time in 2017. I’m extremely eager to watch Mildred’s unluckiness on screen.
I honestly don’t have anything bad to say about it, except maybe that it’s rather short, but that’s one of the elements that makes it appealing to reluctant readers. Short and fun, with some dept also. The nonsense has its place in the plot.
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Read information about the authorJill Murphy is a London-born English children's author, best known for The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books. She has been described as "one of the most engaging writers and illustrators for children in the land."
Jill Murphy was born in London and attended the Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon which, together with the boarding school stories she enjoyed reading, provided much of the material and inspiration Miss Cackle's Academy in the The Worst Witch, which she started when she was 15. Mildred Hubble is very much a self-portrait! She put the book on hold as she attended both Chelsea and Croydon Art Schools, but continued to write it whilst living in a village in Togo, West Africa for a year and then whilst working as a nanny back at home. The book was published when Jill turned 24 and proved an instant success. However, Jill continued working as a nanny until the publication of The Worst Witch Strikes Again prompted her to devote herself to full-time writing. The Worst Witch stories have become some of the most outstandingly successful titles on the Young Puffin paperback list and have sold more than 3 million copies. They were also made into a major ITV series. She is also well known for her picture books and was commended in the 1980 Kate Greenaway Medal for Peace at Last. A Quiet Night In was shortlisted for the same medal in 1994. She is best known for the very popular Mr and Mrs Large picture books, which detail the domestic chaos of an elephant family. Five Minute's Peace won the 1987 Parents Magazine Best Books for Babies Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 1986 Children's Book Award. All in One Piece was highly commended for the 1987 Kate Greenaway Award and shortlisted for the 1987 Children's Book Award. The Last Noo-noo won the 0-5 category of the 1995 Smarties Book Prize and in the same year was shortlisted for the English 4-11 Outstanding Children's Book of the Year, going on to win the 1996 Sheffield Children's Book Award. It won the 1996 Gateshead Gold Award. In the same year it was adapted as a play and performed at the Polka Theatre, London.
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