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The Worst Witch (The Worst Witch #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  13,658 Ratings  ·  341 Reviews
Charming children's story of a young trainee witch you just can't seem to get it right! When she goes to Miss Cackle's Acadamy for witches she finds trouble in the teachers pet.
Paperback, 107 pages
Published 1974 by The Trumpet Club
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Lola  Reviewer
This is the perfect book for young reluctant readers.

It’s engaging, fun, fast-paced and actually a really great story. There’s a magic school, great friendship, antiheroes and a series of unfortunate events.

And let’s not forget the lovely illustrations. This is no Harry Potter for sure—sure, sure, sure—but no one asked it to be, especially since it was first published before that series. It’s light and the kind of book you don’t plan on finishing right the moment you start it but can’t help you
Oct 06, 2015 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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)
Sep 05, 2015 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!
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why I haven't read this as a kid but better late than never, right? :)

I really enjoyed it but I definitely think it would be more appreciated by a younger audience.
Although I personally have found Jill Murphy's 1974 The Worst Witch a bit too much like the outline of a novel, with not nearly enough descriptiveness and presented details (as well as an ending that feels rather rushed and even a bit of a deus ex machina that leaves me as an older adult reader a bit annoyed and unsatisfied), I also do in fact and indeed much admire the author for having introduced and having featured as main protagonist Mildred Hubble, a young witch in training at Miss Cackle's ...more
Jul 09, 2013 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.
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.
✍Neyla Kunta ✍
Rezension kommt am 23. August 😗 Aber: Es eignet sich perfekt zum Vorlesen & zum Erstlesen auch wenn ich bei ein paar Wörtern der Meinung war, dass die viele Kinder einfach in ihrem Alter noch nicht kennen. Dennoch ein super süßes, kleines kurzes Buch, was ich Kindern oder Eltern nur empfehlen kann 💙
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was getting into a reading slump so I wanted to pick up something that would help. This book loked fun and easy to read and it had cool illustrations. Even though it's very childish it definitely helped against the reading slump.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids
Recommended to Jason by: Movie
Shelves: fantasy, child-lit, 2016
"Beat on it, Delilah!"

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I'm glad I finally read the book, but I think the movie was better. Perhaps I'm biased. I've seen it a million times in the past 30... 30? Damn... Yeah, 30 years. Anyway, I still watch it every Halloween because there is just too much awesomeness in it to let a year go by without at least one viewing. Back when I had a VHS copy we recorded off HBO, it was prefaced with the best opening in the history of television. (Don't argue with me here; you won't win. I slam dance to
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
Alex Baugh
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben Phillips
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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.
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.
Emmanuel Chavez
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librero
No voy a decir que es el mejor libro que he leído, pero sí tengo que aceptar que la lectura de este pequeña historia me ha traído un motón de recuerdos💕
Dannielle Potts
Rated & Reviewed By My 5 Year Old Daughter, Shannon:

I Thought This Book Was Really, Really Good. My Favourite Character Is Maud. My Favourite Part Was When Ethel Pulled Faces At Mildred. Reading This Made Me Feel Happy. I Think Other Children Would Like This Book
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
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute for a kid read.
Rowling really cheated off of this book when she wrote Harry Potter.
Wilde Sky
A young witch, who is always getting into trouble, eventually she manages to ‘save the day’.

The story / illustrations were reasonable – but as a whole this book didn’t really grab me.
Ashley Ferguson
Jun 10, 2014 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
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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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