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The Worst Witch (The Worst Witch #1)

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Mildred Hubble is a trainee witch at Miss Cackle's Academy, and she's making an awful mess of it. She's always getting her spells wrong and she can't even ride a broomstick without crashing it. Will she ever make a real witch?
Paperback, 107 pages
Published November 25th 2004 by Puffin Bks (first published 1974)
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Oct 06, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic children’s book and this sumptuous, colour, hardback edition only makes it more 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 more unusual setting. There is Ethel, the teacher’s pet, Mildred’s friends Maud and Enid, lots of fun sp ...more
Razaak Ahmed
Jun 05, 2012 Razaak Ahmed rated it it was amazing
For those like myself who went to primary school in the 1990s, The Worst Witch books were probably the closest thing we ever got to Harry Potter. Not that we should feel deprived in any way, as The Worst Witch books were and still are enjoyable reads.

The Worst Witch is the first book in the series and details the troubles of Mildred Hubble, a pupil at Cackle's Academy and one who always seems to encounter misfortune, but somehow manages to save the day and in the process save herself, not just
Lisa Vegan
Dec 18, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girls 5-8 years old – for early (but not just starting) readers and for read aloud
Oh too bad. I just realized I forgot to read this with an English accent. It would have been ever so much fun.

This book would have received 5 stars from my 7 & 8 & possibly 9 year old self. I would have also really, really enjoyed it if it had been read to me when I was 5 and 6, helping to read it of course.

The story is funny and sweet. It’s about a witch in her first year of boarding school for witches. The plot is predictable but I had no problem with that. Mildred is a clumsy student
Oct 11, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
This is a charming little story, perfect for children just embarking on chapter books. The chapters are all short (each can be read in about five to seven minutes) and while some of the vocabulary is a bit advanced (I wouldn't call this a beginning/easy reader), it's perfect for read-aloud (especially if you can muster a British accent, haha!)

In this first book in the "Worst Witch" series, Mildred Hubble is in her first term at Miss Cackle's Academy. It's a bit like a (simplified and all-girls)
Mildred is a witch but she is not very good at it. In the end however she's able to save the whole school from the evil witches' attack.
The book is a nice quick read but also very predictable. It's a bit of a Harry Potter version for younger kids, but mothing I enjoyed immensely.
Oct 31, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-uni
Mildred Hubble attends Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches and is probably the worst student the school has ever seen. Mildred seems to be always getting into trouble. Whether it’s potions, spells or broomstick riding, she can’t seem to do anything right. When Mildred’s class does a display for this years Halloween celebrations, Mildred finds herself at blame when their presentations turns into a disaster. How will Mildred ever earn her Witches Higher Certificate when she is the worst witch to eve ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Somerandom rated it really liked it
This is another book series where I was introduced to it through the TV show adaptation. Seems to be a trend with me.

I like to call this series the female Harry Potter and yes, I am aware that this came out a good 2- 3 decades before JKR's smash hit.

However this is still a delightfully charming, albeit predictable series about She I mean Mildred Hubble as she traverses through her years at Hogwarts...........I mean Cackle's Academy, as she learns to control her magical pow
Aug 30, 2013 Zanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
Like all my favourite children's literature, this book is squarely on the side of the outcast. Disorganised, accident-prone witch Mildred and her plump, bespectacled friend Maud are smart, kind and generally awesome. My own mild dyspraxia, which vanished when I was about 14, made Mildred an especially helpful role model, and whenever I broke something or failed to achieve the expected result in a science practical I thought of her. I teach science these days so Murphy's message must have done it ...more
Dec 09, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book as a kid in the good old days before Harry Potter turned up. I never seemed to do well at school and I always felt for Mildred, kindred spirits and both of us pretty. How she deals with the nasty Ethel is brilliant, recently read this to my daughter and Ethel's comeuppance still made me laugh.
Alex Baugh
Aug 06, 2014 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
Mildred Hubble, 12, is a first year student at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. Though well-meaning and well liked by most of the other girls, Mildred always seems to be in trouble for something: "You could rely on Mildred to have her hat on back-to-front, or her bootlaces trailing along the floor. She couldn't walk from one end of the corridor to the other without someone yelling at her, and nearly every night, she was writing lines or being kept in…(pg 3) Mildred does have a best friend, Mau ...more
Ben Phillips
Mar 08, 2014 Ben Phillips rated it really liked it
A classic tale made into a feature film, which I actually watched first before reading the book (as I never read the book as a child). The book tells the story of Mildred Hubble, who to say the least is nearly always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mildred is in her first year of at the Witch Academy with her best friend Maud. Mildred can not seem to get any of her spells right and even ends up turning her worst enemy into a pig instead of the intended toad. Will Mildred survive the her fi ...more
yesterday my friend and i went to booksale (she doesn't like reading but miraculously this time she initiated buying a few books) and imagine my surprise when i saw this as i was browsing through piles and piles of books. i mean, come on. childhood! and i cannot believe i forgot about this book when i'm sure this was one of the books that got me into reading. safjlksajflkadsjflawhyhowcouldiever. so when i was in sixth grade our classroom was in front of the library. *sighs. nostalgia* okay i'm d ...more
Eloise baker
May 01, 2012 Eloise baker rated it liked it
I bought this book because I remember my own children reading it when they were younger. My daughters would read it over and over again and so i decided to read it now with a view to reading it to my year 3 class.

This is a book which features a rather clumsy witch called Mildred. Although she tries hard, Mildred usually manages to mix up her spells and generally cause trouble. When she turns Ethel (who happens to be a very bright but rather unkind witch)into a pig her troubles really do begin.
Katie Padfoot
***3.5 STARS***

this year i've started collecting classic children's books and ones i used to love as a child. this is definitely one i enjoyed back then and it is still great now! the illustrations were also lovely.
Nov 04, 2008 katie rated it it was amazing
I love the Worst Witch with a PASSION. I love Mildred's scrapes! Miss Hardbroom's tight bun! Mildred's tabby! Horrid Ethel! I first read this when I was about seven, on a rainy day by the sea, and if I'm honest I choose Mildred over Harry any day.
Oct 22, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, holidaybooks, own
A simple and charming story of a student witch, with fun illustrations by the author. I've never read these, and thought we'd give it a try as a read-aloud. The kids loved it, and so did I, but it was very short!
Jan 08, 2012 Manny marked it as to-read
One of the many Easter eggs in Kraken. Most recruits at the magical police squad's training center refer to it as "Hogwarts". But a few call it "Miss Cackle's" and look superior when the others don't get the reference.
Apr 17, 2015 Savannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
I thought that The Worst Witch #1 is a very good book. Mildred Hubble is a first-year-witch at Miss. Cackles Academy. Mildred got a tabby cat while everyone else in Miss. Cackles Academy gets black cats. I think Mildred always gets into trouble a lot. I will continue to read these books and I will probably continue to like them too! Ethel Hallows, Mildred's enemy, is always goody-two-shoes and is always perfect at everything, she also makes fun of Mildred because she always get into trouble and ...more
Ashley Ferguson
Mar 13, 2016 Ashley Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book as an eARC from Candlewick Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest 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 act
Ellie Matthews
This is Hogwarts before Hogwarts- written in 1974, a magical boarding school called Miss Cackle’s Academy with a school song, potions lessons and lots of broomsticks. Poor hapless Mildred Hubble has been called the ‘worst witch in the school’ by her form-mistress Miss Hardbroom; she is the only witch in her year to have a tabby cat and not a black one, and she frequently ruins broomstick displays. However she triumphs by the end of the book after getting into lots of amusing trouble beforehand. ...more
Feb 25, 2011 NebraskaIcebergs rated it liked it
What if you were the worst at an assignment? Would your friends stick by you? How would your enemies react? What if you were part of a group presentation for an important person? Could you handle the pressure? These are some of the dilemmas faced by Mildred Hubble in a delightful book called The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy.

Mildred is clumsy, but it's her failure at riding a broom and performing spells that land her into the most trouble at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. One day, Mildred and h
Author/Illustrator: Jill Murphy
First Published: 1974
Series: Book 1 of 7

I love it when it's my turn to choose a book. Being older and so much wiser I obviously have a better judgement on what makes A Good Book than the 7yo.


Okay, in all reality I am more likely to choose a classic or book that has stood The Test of Time and is age appropriate. The 7yo chooses books-her-friends-like or books-her-sister-likes; so either contemporary just released books or books that are too old (her sister is
Helena Spiteri
Jan 19, 2013 Helena Spiteri rated it really liked it
I have chosen the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy for my sixth book review. The story concerns the adventures of trainee witch Mildred Hubble who attends Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. To the annoyance of her strict class teacher, Miss Hardbroom, Mildred is always getting everything wrong, from forgetting to tie her shoelaces and casting the wrong spells to encountering all sorts of trouble on her new broomstick. To make matters worse Mildred also has to deal with Ethel, the class sneak, who make ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Mildred Hubble is a clumsy witch who is in her first year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. She tries hard but always gets things wrong and ends up in trouble. She is secretly scared of the dark and everyone knows to stay clear when Mildred is making potions or learning a new spell. You never know what will happen! Nothing seems to go right for poor Mildred; she even gets a tabby cat rather than a traditional black cat because by her turn to receive a cat, the school had run out of black cat ...more
Oct 04, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorbs! This book is just too freaking cute. I remember loving The Worst Witch movie back in the 80s, long before Harry Potter graced my life. And it still holds that perfect charm--in fact, I want to make sure to keep it on hand for those parents and children who request an 'easier' version of Harry Potter. Perfect for chapter book readers in 2nd or 3rd grade, The Worst Witch is indeed full of magical mayhem brought to you by one Mildred Hubble.

Full review to come with a giveaway of the entire
Jul 24, 2015 Ceri rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
I have started reading chapter books to Ivy, who is four and a half. I remember loving this series when I was eight or nine years old and also recall a CITV show of the same name. An simplistic precursor to Harry Potter, with cute, memorable characters and that age old adage that even a misfit can be a hero.
Ivy liked it, she wants to read The Worst Witch Strikes Again next.
Jorge Rosas
Dec 01, 2015 Jorge Rosas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful book! I was surprised by the publishing date! I knew the history from the TV series and discovering the first book was such a lovely revelation. It’s a short history but all the characters are well written, Mildred and her friends the teachers and… well maybe not some other witches but they played their part. I love it so much!
Sep 13, 2014 Georgia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2014, re-read
I remembered reading this when I was younger, so when I saw it in the shop I got a little nostalgic remembering it. Obviously it took me no where near as long as it used to read this, so I dont think I enjoyed it as much as I did when I was younger, but it was nice to revisit a small part of my childhood nonetheless ^-^
Jun 26, 2012 Nadia rated it liked it
Mildred Hubble is a kind, friendly young witch who is starting school at Miss Cackle’s Academy for witches. Although she tries hard Mildred isn’t very good at casting spells or flying a broomstick and she is also very clumsy. This quickly lands her in to trouble at school after she turns Ethel, the bossy know-it-all into a pig. Luckily she has her friend Maud and her cat Tabby to help her out. Despite being the worst witch at the school Mildred manages to single-handedly save everyone from being ...more
Shanaz Khan
Mar 30, 2012 Shanaz Khan rated it it was amazing
I used to love reading The Worst Witch books when I was younger. Mildred Hubble is in a school for witches, in her first year she learns how to fly and receives her own black cat. Her black cat is different to everyone else's and calls hers Tabby. Mildred gets into trouble with the headmistress, Miss Hardbroom on various occasions. Mildred also has an enemy called Ethel who she accidentally turns her into a pig! Throughout the book Mildred has a bad time with magic and potions and faces being ex ...more
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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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