A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lessons about how everyone makes mistakes, being honest about who you are, and learning to solve your own problems or to ask a friend for help when you need it.
Violence & Scariness
Children fall off broomsticks, but no injuries. A girl is turned into a frog, but spell broken. Girls plot against one another.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book comprises two titles in the Worst Witch series: The Worst Witch and The Worst Witch Strikes Again. It's a great precursor for readers not ready for the Harry Potter series mixing friendship, adventures, and fantasy. The accident-prone but likeable Mildred Hubble experiences a series of mishaps in witch school causing her humiliation, fear (not much), and frustration. Children fall from broomsticks, are turned into animals by the wrong spells, and are threatened by a band of misfit witches.
Is It Any Good?
This makes a great read-alone or read-aloud for pre-Potter kids; the author's great characters and worthwhile lessons are ideal for this age group.
Mildred Hubble is your average, awkward, school-age kid who has adventures with her friends, but also faces challenges. Kids will find her a relatable character right away (with the added fun that she's a witch), and will enjoy her unique friends Maud and Enid. Maud wears glasses, is short and stocky, and tends to play it safe. Enid is tall and big-boned, also awkward, and likes mischief.
First published in 1974 when the author was just 18 years old, it's since been adapted as a movie and TV series.
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