Earwig and the Witch
On the doorstep of St Morwald's Home for Children, Mrs Briggs found a note pinned to shawl on a baby she called Erica Wiggs, and never told. "Got the other twelve witches all chasing me. I'll be back for her when I've shook them off. It...more
Earwig is a confident and controlling orphan who attempts to avoid adoption because she has c...more
I'm almost positive I read this or some version of it as a short story, years ago. Fine and fun, but not one of DWJ's best by any stretch.
Erica Wigg lives in a children's home and is perfectly happy to be doing so. It's a bright, happy place and everyone does what Earwig wants them to do. She has absolutely no desire to be adopted.
One terrible day, Earwig is chosen by someone looking to adopt a child. Two someones actually. The someone is a witch who comes with a tall, skinny, fiery young man.
The minute Earwig walks into the witch's home her whole lif...more
Think of it as Howl's...more
It is the simple tale of a girl named Earwig, who may be the daughter of a witch and who has a talent for making people do what she wants. Surprisingly, she doesn't really use this talent selfishly, mostly she just uses it to get the food she likes to eat and to stay happily at the children's home where she's lived since she was a baby. Then a couple comes to the home looking to foster a child, but they don...more
I loved this story because the little girl is so fearless. It is engaging for small children to be able to read a keep up with. The font and illustrations are perfect. The illustration may be a little scary or violent to some children but...more
Except, Earwig (the protagonist, a young girl) is a quirky character in her own right, which is even better.
The illustrations, humor, and story are pitch perfect.
It's short and simple yet sophisticated - a fantastic option for growing readers and readers in general of all ages.
For a children's book it's definitely a bunch of fun! It's a great introduction to Diana Wynne Jones for young children who are still making their way through cha...more
In Earwig and the Witch, Diana Wynne Jones introduces a plucky heroine with plenty of tricks up her sleeve. The hu...more
This is a book aimed at probably grade schoolers (it barely squeaks in over 100 pages with illustrations). But it’s still fun for grown-ups. It has a vaguely Roald Dahl feel (though less dark than his books). Earwig is quite happy being in her orphanage - because everyone there does exactly what she wants, including her best friend Custard. She has successfully avoided getting placed with...more
Diana Wynne Jones – A Tribute
On the 26th of March, 2011, Children's Author Diana Wynne Jones died of cancer. She'd been suffering for a few years but finally passed away after the radiotherapy became to painful for her to continue.
I didn't find out about her death until a few months later, and coincidently, as I sat there staring dimly at my computer screen, reading this news for the first time, Earwig and the Witch popped t...more
Recently I was in the mood for some Diana Wynne Jones so I picked up Earwig and the Witch on audio. It was my first time listening to a Diana Wynne Jones novel on audio and I loved it! The narrator was perfect in her voices of Earwig, Thomas the...more
She's avoided being chosen all this time, but there is one couple that seems to have their eye on her.
They pick her and she is taken to her new home. Earwig doesn't like her new home and now has to figure how out to make it so they do what she wants like...more
It's full of Diana's typical wit and humour and I was smiling for the whole time I read it. I think I've forgotten how charming younger children's books can be! And the illustrations are funny too. I kind of miss looking...more
What I liked and disliked about it: I really liked this book. Earwig is funny. At the beginning of the book she wants to stay in the orphanage, but by the end of the book, she wants to stay with the witch and the Mandrake. I really like the characters in the book because you wouldn’t have people l...more
Earwig has carved out a comfortable niche for herself at the orphanage she's grown up in and has no intention of allowing herself to be adopted. So you can imagine her surprise when she is swept off to a new home and quickly discovers that her adoptive mother is a witch who wants to use her for free labor. Earwig is not amused.
Earwig is very much a Pippi Longstocking character (up to the unruly hair)...more
For Diana Wynne Jones's official autobiography, please see http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/aut...