My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Witches, Friendship, Boarding School
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.
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 yourself nonetheless.
The main character, Mildred, is the worst witch ever at the Academy. She seems to attract misery and catastrophe around her. Will she and her affected classmates make it through the first year intact?
To me there’s no surprise that this series was brought to the screen—twice: the first time from 1998 to 2001 and a second time in 2017. I’m extremely eager to watch Mildred’s unluckiness on screen.
I honestly don’t have anything bad to say about it, except maybe that it’s rather short, but that’s one of the elements that makes it appealing to reluctant readers. Short and fun, with some dept also. The nonsense has its place in the plot.
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