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Die kleine Hexe

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  8,615 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Die kleine Hexe ist leider erst einhundertsiebenundzwanzig Jahre alt und wird deshalb von den großen Hexen noch nicht für voll genommen. Wenn sie schon keine große Hexe ist, will sie doch wenigstens eine gute sein. Mit diesem Entschluss beginnt ein aufregender Wirbel.
Hardcover, 127 pages
Published January 31st 1957 by Thienemann (first published 1957)
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Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Manny by: Cheshirecat
- Hello Manny, do you recognize me?

- No, who are you?

- Come on.

- No idea.

- I'm your subconscious.

- Oh... right. It's true, you did look familiar. Well, what've you been doing?

- Thinking about sex, mostly. Let me tell you my latest fantasy. There's--

- Subconscious, this is not an appropriate time! People are listening! Have you no sense of shame?

- No.

- Okay... I guess you wouldn't. So, uh, what else have you been doing? Read anything recently?

- Same as you, Manny, same as you.

- What did you
Die Kleine Hexe -- 2013 Kindle Edition

When I was a young child in Germany, Otfried Preußler's 1957 children's classic Die kleine Hexe (The Little Witch in English translation) and how she learns to be a successful spell caster and equally to also rebel and actively stand against the older witches for whom being a good witch means by nature and necessity being a curmudgeonly and evil one, this was one of my favourite bedtime stories (a lovely and imaginative tale, totally in tune with childhood
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I loved this book as a child! I read it over and over and over again! Great stuff.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

(originally written in German)
Written by Otfried Preußler
1957, 124 Pages
Genre: children's, fantasy, classic

Little witch is only one hundred and twenty-seven years old and still too young to attend the annual Walpurgis Night party. No matter how much she practices her witchcraft exercises she is unable to get her spells just right. Despite Raven's warning she sneaks in the Walpurgis Night party despite her young age and experience. When her mean old aunt spots her she announces her
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of my fave children books!

I remember having a Vinyl of it and I loved to listen to it. It was super scary (for kids) but just perfectly made. I guess there isn't any children book I love more.

Fuck all the princess stories like Cinderella, I definitely preferred this kind of stories!
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
I bet many must have read this book when they were little, but surprise, surprise; this is the first time I've read this book. And guess what? I absolutely loved this book!! How could I have missed this book as a child? Why didn't my parents let me read this book? I am 100% sure my child self would have adored this book as much as I do now!

This book follows the growth of the little Witch. In the beginning, she is belittled and underestimated by other big Witches for being so young (127 years
Michael Fitzgerald
A quick read - interesting story with unexpected twists.
Julia Bibliophilia
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: german, 2016
Such a wonderful children's book!
Yumi Learner
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this year's first book "The Little Witch" in English. The book is for children written by my favorite German author, Tfried Preussler. It is interesting, but I cannot find his any books in foreign publishers. So, I bought it from a Japanese publisher. I have a memory about the book.

When I was a college student, I had been learning German as my third language for two years. I already forgot it since I have not used the language after graduation. However, while I had been
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The little witch in the story is one hundred and twenty-seven years old... a mere youngster in that species. She lives alone in a witch's house in the middle of the wood with her talking pet raven Abraxas.

Every year the older witches, on Walpurgis Night, gather to dance the night away on Brocken Mountain. It's a huge celebration for witches all across the land. Little witch is far too young to attend so she decides to sneak in anyway and join in on the frivolity. She is exposed by her evil aunt
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally written in German this English translation is great. It's about a young (127-ish) witch who tries to be good in order to be invited to an annual witches event. The book and illustrations are beautiful also.
Mathilde Paulsen
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cute story about a witch who wants nothing more than to dance with the older witches on Walpurgisnacht. She has to prove that she is worthy of it, so for a whole year we follow the witch as she does her best to be good and learn more witchcraft. Very different ending from what I envisioned and perhaps not the best for children, but I still enjoyed it.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting, in some parts quite brutal, but good read.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A read aloud with Hazel- she’s super into witches. She enjoyed it, I thought some parts were cute and some were less so but I enjoyed reading it aloud.
Audio play from the 1960s (I'm guessing)

"Die kleine Hexe" (The Little Witch) was one of the very first books I've read - or rather devoured continuously - when I was a kid in the late 70s. The novel's heroine was my ultimate role model.

I loved the audio play even more and cried bitter tears when my tape went the way of the Dodo. Now I've finally found it and reverted back into a 6- or 7-year-old child within just a few minutes of listening to it, sitting in my old room in all its glorious 70s
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A very funny tale about a young witch ('young' by the standards of witch that is) trying to be 'a good witch' with the help of her crow, Abraxas.

Die Kleine Hexe is in for some surprises. One of my all time favourites.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice kids book about overthrowing from within an oppressive system with cruel social norms. I do worry that now that die kleine Hexe is (spoiler alert) the last witch around, she may grow capricious and dictatorial. Hopefully the raven Abraxas keeps her just.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books as a child. And it's still fantastic.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017

Such a great story! I loved reading about the adventures of the little witch and her smart raven. Especially adored the end :) will surely read this again sometime.
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite childhood books! I re-read it a gazillion times.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
It was one of my favourite book a long time ago.
But I can read it now anyway because it'S so cute!
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is funny and relatable book to everyone because we all sometimes feel like we don't belong and sometimes everything that we do doesn't to seem make sense.
Cristina Kay
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This is the book I learned reading with in school. Loved it!
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Having just finished the book and not having heard of or read it before, I'm somewhat surprised after reading the comments that a) this book was published in 1959 and b) that apparently is has such strong symbolism and connection to German history.
Reading the English version, I admit I saw none of that, or rather, symbol-wise, it could have been any culture, any society, not just this particular era in German history, when it comes to human behaviour.
I loved the writing and the plot and, read
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy to have discovered Otfried Preusßler!

This book is an enjoyable adventure. Quite similar in style to Roald Dahl (even the illustrations have similar style) except Die Kleine Hexe is a cute and mischievous little witch girl. Too bad the older witches are boring old bullies. Die Kleine Hexe should just forget about them, and party every Walpurgisnacht with den Rabe Abraxas and the baseborn muggles um I mean the human kids instead!
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was für ein ausgezeichnetes Hörbuch! Fun to listen to. I love the voices, the sound effects, and the dramatization.

This is an adaptation from the original text, however. I'm not sure they should be merged into the same title. The narration and dialogue are taken from the book with slight abridgement.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-novels
My kids loved this book. It was the first book in awhile that my 10 year old wanted to hear me read, he would come over every time he heard me start to read it to my eight year old. It is a cute , sweet, non scary book about a funny little witch who is just trying to be good little witch. As soon as we finished, they wanted us to start it all over again.
A charming and simple story that my 8 year olds found captivating. Like many classic works, some of it feels dated (obviously) in terms of cultural references. Still though, a sweet little book where a good little witch performs tricks and spells to make the lives of various villagers improve.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
That witch became weirdly powerful at the end.
The story held lots of nostalgia for me, but the writing ultimately didn't hold up to my expectations. It was pretty plain and the plot became repetitive.

Abraxas was fun, though. And I liked the drawings.
JV Austen
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Little Witch is 127 years old, lives by herself in the woods with a raven and wants more than anything to be invited to Walpurgis Night where all the witches dance.
Written in 1957, this book is fabulous and any kid (or adult) today would enjoy her exploits and the rather surprise ending!
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Otfried Preußler (sometimes spelled as Otfried Preussler) was a German children's books author. His best-known works are The Robber Hotzenplotz and The Satanic Mill (Krabat).

He won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1972 for Krabat.
He has sold roughly 50 million copies worldwide.

He was born in Liberec (German: Reichenberg), Czechoslovakia. His forefathers had lived in this area since the 15th