Jill Murphy - The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1). PDF

PDF 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) Hogwarts with the various houses, flying lessons on the broomstick, potions classes, etc.Oh, and every young witch gets a cat—poor Mildred gets the only non-black one, an adorable tabby cat whom she loves no matter what.(I think the cat was my favorite part of the book.The illustrations are just so darn cute!)Mildred gets into various scrapes as she isn't exactly Hermione Granger when it comes to success in her lessons or staying out of trouble.But, she means well and it's especially unfair when the ostensibly goody-goody (but deep-down meanie) Ethel casts a spell on Mildred and makes her take the blame when things go wrong.But, Mildred interrupts a wicked plot brewing and has a chance to save the school—and her reputation!

Although I think the story is cute and is definitely great for kids who might be interested in Harry Potter but aren't quite ready for that level of book yet, I personally wasn't too captivated by it.Maybe because it did remind me a lot of Harry Potter, which I much preferred.Mildred's story wasn't really that surprising/interesting to me.I would chalk this up to being an early chapter book, but I have read some "I Can Read" or "Step into Reading" books that are much shorter/"simpler" and touched me more emotionally.That said, this was a very pleasant and quick read (perfect for a cozy, "good witch" Halloween read) and I absolutely adored the illustrations :-)

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