Miss Cackle S Academy For Witches Has Never Seen A Worse Pupil Than Mildred Hubble Her Spells Always Backfire And Her Broomstick Flights End In A Crash Now One Of Mildred S Spells Has Ruined Things For Ethel Hallow And That Perfect Witch Is Out For Revenge Black And White Illustrations Heard of this book for the first time today on a podcast, and apparently it s one of the books that might have influenced JK Rowling s writing Just from reading a couple of pages as a Kindle sample I can already see how much of HP possibly came from this from the school for witches that sits amidst a forest, to the flying classes taught the first day of school, the black school uniforms, the pets that are allowed just because they are tradition cats and owls , the witch wizarding exam they have to take in the fifth year OWLs for Harry Potter, Witch Certificate in this book , and so much Again, that s just the first two pages so imagine how much there is And this book was written in 1974, keep that in mind because sadly, a LOT of people accuse the author of ripping off JKR other way around.Also, there are SO many tv spinoffs of this, I m surprised I had never heard of a single one before The Worst Witch 1998 2001 Weirdsister College sequel to the above The Worst Witch 2017 series The Worst Witch 1986 film And here s a great interview with the author where she talks about a lot, including how she s had cancer twice now She is such an inspiration.Okay, brb while I go rip off this book myself and become a billionaire read this book It s pretty short, only 100 pages or so.Review This was a really quick read, and the whole time I was reading, I kept seeing all of the Harry Potter comparisons in my head They sing a school song at the beginning, there s a chief wizard who is very old and has a long white beard, and before the first year is over, Mildred has a broom that gets out of her control exactly like Harry s does in the first book The similarities are just too much I don t know how JKR got away with that.Besides that, this isn t the most memorable book for me I guess it s of a children s book and I couldn t get into the story that much It did have wonderful illustrations throughout And I am glad I have read it I m excited to read classic fantasy novels that influenced Harry Potter. 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 Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin This is a classic children s book and this sumptuous, colour, hardback edition only makes it special Of course, the book features our heroine Mildred Hubble at Miss Cackle s Academy high up at the top of a mountain Mildred really wants to be a great witch, but instead she is unsuccessful at her spells and is always in trouble In many ways, this is a typical school story, just with a unusual setting There is Ethel, the teacher s pet, Mildred s friends Maud and Enid, lots of fun spells and a Halloween festival in which Midred and her classmates have to put on a broomstick display, with predictably disastrous consequences This version of the book is larger than usual, with full colour illustrations The book itself is not particularly long about 112 pages and has short chapters and lots of fun illustrations The first in a series, this is a beautiful gift version and is perfect for any child s bookshelf either to read alone depending on reading age, once children are confident with chapter books or to share alone as a perfect Halloween read. Listened to on audiobook via Listening Books Listening Books is a UK based charity, offering an audiobook service to listeners in the UK with a long term illness, disability or mental health issues The Worst Witch is one of my childhood favourites It follows a girl given the title of the worst witch in the school by the headmistress Miss Cackle Mildred Hubble is in the first year and always ending up with the wrong potions or falling off her broomstick After landing in severe trouble during a performance, she decides to run away and accidentally stumbles onto an evil plan to destroy the school The story is fast paced and lots of fun The audiobook was clearly narrated, with lots of humorous moments.
Jill 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 th
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- The Worst Witch
- Jill Murphy
- 14 February 2017 Jill Murphy