Beth and Chrissi Do Kid Lit- The Worst Witch

The Worst Witch (The Worst Witch, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Mildred Hubble is starting her first year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches—and making a mess of it! She can’t ride her broomstick without crashing, she’s always getting her spells mixed up, and worst of all, the teacher’s pet, Ethel, has just become her sworn enemy.

Thoughts:

I read a few books in this series when I was younger. I remember really enjoying it and I have quite a few children in my current class who read this series. I love that it is still appealing to young children now. I think it’s because it’s harmless, magical fun with a great heroine.

Mildred Hubble really wants to be a good witch, however, she can’t stop getting into trouble. Her spells are often unsuccessful no matter how hard she tries. I love this about Mildred. God knows children don’t need to read about perfect characters. They need to read about heroines that have relatable character traits and I believe Jill Murphy does that with Mildred. I love Mildred’s friends and foe (Ethel is a wonderfully awful character!) I think there’s a lot to love in a gentle book about witches. 

I think this book is a perfect read for those children not quite ready for Harry Potter yet. It’s the perfect gateway book in my opinion!

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge:
The Christmasaurus- Tom Fletcher

Top Ten Authors That My Class Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week it’s all about childhood books. I’ve done this topic before so I decided to put a little spin on it. Instead, I’m going to mention 10 authors that my class of 7-9 year olds love!

In no particular order:

David Walliams- They find him funny and I do too.

Jeff Kinney- They adore the Wimpy Kids books.

Andy Griffiths- Treehouse books- I started this as series as a class read and so many children have kept on reading. I love that!

Mark Lowery- They are starting to explore this author after we read The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life.

Daisy Meadows- The girls in particular really enjoy this series of books about fairies.

Andy Stanton- The Mr Gum books are very popular in my class.

Dav Pilkey- The children are obsessed with the Dog Man books!

Jill Murphy- They still love the Worst Witch books!

Roald Dahl- I love that there’s still a place in children’s hearts for Roald Dahl.

Enid Blyton- I love that children are still reading The Famous Five.

Three of these authors were my childhood favourites! 🙂 Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Jill Murphy. I love that their books are still relevant!

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave me a link and I’ll stop by!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2019 books are revealed!

2019 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.

Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!

JANUARY – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret- Judy Blume

FEBRUARY- The BFG -Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)- Rick Riordan

APRIL- Demon Dentist- David Walliams

MAY – The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree #1)- Enid Blyton

JUNE- What Katy Did- Susan Coolidge

JULY – The Dreamsnatcher (Dreamsnatcher #1) Abi Elphinstone

AUGUST- The Royal Rabbits of London- Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore

SEPTEMBER – I Capture The Castle- Dodie Smith

OCTOBER- Just So- Rudyard Kipling

NOVEMBER – The Worst Witch- Jill Murphy

DECEMBER- The Christmasaurus- Tom Fletcher

Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!

Chrissi’s Class Reads #10

I’ve already read 5 books this year with my class. Oops! #sorrynotsorry. This year I have 7-9 year olds, so I’ve been trying to read a range of books with them.

For our class reads (that we read for pleasure) the children always vote for the story they want to hear. We always go with the majority.

Dear Teacher

We read this in our first week. It’s all ridiculous excuses why a boy can’t go to school.

The 13-Storey Treehouse

This was our first class book that we read for pleasure. The children absolutely lapped up this book. They thought it was hilarious and there were many laugh out loud moments.

The Sandwich Thief

This graphic novel went down very well with my class. They really enjoyed it and I loved the illustrations!Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

We studied this graphic novel in our reading time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think the class got a lot from it too.The Worst Witch

We got through this book really quickly! Sadly, most of the boys didn’t love it but I don’t think it’s necessarily a book that’s aimed at boys. We did go with the majority for our vote and some boys had voted for it!

I’m looking forward to seeing what they make of our next books! 🙂 Long may cultivating bookworms continue!