Friday, June 13, 2014

The Worst Witch (Worst Witch #1) by Jill Murphy - Ashley's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Candlewick Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Title: The Worst Witch (Worst Witch #1)
Author: Jill Murphy
Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Synopsis: Catch up on Mildred Hubble’s magical adventures at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches with these reissued editions featuring energetic new covers.

Mildred Hubble is starting her first year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches — and making a mess of it! She can’t ride her broomstick without crashing, she’s always getting her spells mixed up, and worst of all, the teacher’s pet, Ethel, has just become her sworn enemy.


Review: Apparently the Worst Witch books have been around for 40 years and there has even been a movie and a TV series based on them. I wish I had been introduced to these books as a child, because I think I would have really enjoyed them and devoured all of them! 

Mildred Hubble is the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, and she always manages to mess up even the simplest of tasks. It's actually pretty funny what kind of shenanigans she gets in to - she can't even manage to end up with a black cat like every other witch that's ever been in the academy! I actually felt bad for her a couple of times since it's really not her fault that she's just so bad and somehow manages to always be the one getting in trouble, even when she's been framed.

This book moves pretty quickly, and there are quite a few things that happen in just a few pages. It made it seem kind of chopped up, but I think it moves so quickly so that the intended reading group doesn't get too bored with too many details. I definitely think younger kids would enjoy reading this book and/or having it read to them. There are a few words that very young kids would probably struggle with, but I think kids 7 or 8 and up would really enjoy reading these books on their own.

If you're looking for a fun, quick read that you can share with your kids/nieces/nephews/cousins/etc, then I would totally recommend this book. I enjoyed this one as an adult, and I'm looking forward to finding and reading the rest of the series. I can't wait to find out what Mildred gets up to next! 4/5.


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