The Worst Witch (Book #1)

by Jill Murphy

Other authorsJill Murphy (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2014



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PB Mur




Candlewick (2014), Edition: Reprint, 96 pages


Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML: 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 Witchesâ??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.


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96 p.; 7.63 inches

Media reviews

We [reviewer and five year-old god-daughter] bonded over mutual favourite parts. Mildred breaking her broomstick two days into her first term and having to fly it thereafter with a giant bundle of sticky tape in the middle. Mildred accidentally turning Ethel into a small pink and grey pig. Mildred
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being given a tabby who hates flying on the broomstick even before it gets broken and simply clings on for dear life underneath the twiggy end. (The endearing illustrations of this by the author have, incidentally, left me with a lifelong yearning for a tabby kitten of my own, which, I pointed out to Goddaughter with some vigour, has still yet to be fulfilled even though I am now 802 years old. She nodded sagely. She wants a wooden fruit necklace like Elena's. We felt each other's pain.) And we both love Mildred's triumphant enchanting of Miss Cackle's evil sister and her coven, who are all turned into snails after she uncovers their plot to take over the school.
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User reviews

LibraryThing member unlucky
A wonderful book (and TV series and movie) for young girls. Young Mildred has a good heart but everything else about her is pretty clumsy. She is constantly messing up her school work and getting into trouble with the strict Ms. Hardbroom. However, her adventurous nature allows her to to do what no
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one else will. I loved it as a kid and it's a quick and easy read that really boosts your confidence when you're young.
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LibraryThing member JamesSarah
Definitely one for young girls with a overactive imagination!
LibraryThing member xoxabbiexox
i really enjoyed READING this book it was a great book by jill murphy about the worst witcch well its about this girl called mildred hublle and shes the worst witch in cackles academy school for witches . now i wont spoil this great book for you bye for now xoxoxo
LibraryThing member moe.k
This book is very interesting to me!
I like not only the story but also the illustration.
Mildred is nice. She really encouraged me!
Tabby is cute! It makes for the nice accent.
LibraryThing member Ayling
Read a long, long, long time ago and watched the series on ITV later... they were quite fun little reads from what I remember, would love to read them again if I see them going for 2nd hand.
LibraryThing member lizpatanders
I never read these books as a child, but I saw a firend had one and they looked great for procrastination, so I gave it a try. I think it's really cute! Mildred is very sweet. The writing isn't very advanced as this is more of a children's/YA book, but it's still so much fun!
LibraryThing member Lauren2013
The Worst Witch
4 Stars

Read as a child and loved it.
Snape in Harry Potter is very reminiscent of Miss Hardbroom.
LibraryThing member livingtech
I actually only read a chapter or two of this to Colleen (age 7), AFTER she’d already devoured it in one sitting the night before. She literally didn’t speak a word to me after I surprised her with it on the bus ride home, read it while walking from the bus to our apartment, and continued
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reading it while she took off her shoes and continued into her room. We’ve requested the rest of the series from the library.

Definitely an uncomplicated children’s story.
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LibraryThing member ashleytylerjohn
Pleasant but unspectacular (the few illustrations were charming, I thought, and hit the right note). But there was nothing particularly clever or compelling about the setting, characterization, or plot. It was fine. Don't know if the series grows in complexity or interest, so I'll read a few
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reviews before tackling a second one.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve!
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LibraryThing member rakerman
This is a short (112 pages, 10 chapters) chapter book for young readers, with a straightforward story of a somewhat hapless witch at a boarding school for witches.

Unabridged audiobook read by Gemma Arterton:
Arterton is a good reader, who gives energy to her reading of the tale.

1998 television
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Almost unwatchable.

2017 television adaptation:
The 2017 adaptation is quite good, with a real emphasis on production design, setting, acting and substantially modified and expanded storyline and story arc.
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½ (190 ratings; 3.6)
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