My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Animals, Frienship
Mildred is starting her third year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches with high hopes of improving her klutzy record. But that’s before a curling-iron catastrophe leads her to experiment with a hair-growing potion with hair-raising results. And it’s before she raises the ire of Miss Granite, the odd new teacher who doesn’t seem to act like a teacher at all. Could she be an imposter? And is there anything in Mildred’s bag of tricks that can save the school if her hunch is right?
In this fifth book in The Worst Witch series, someone’s pretending to be someone they’re not, automatically deceiving everyone in their passage, including trouble-prone Mildred.
While I did enjoy this sequel, I found it not as surprising and creative as the last. Many elements were recycled from past books—there’s one even the author acknowledges—and while Mildred’s attitude towards them changes, seeing her reactions was not enough entertainment to make me love The Worst Witch Saves the Day as much as the others.
Also, it’s more like The Worst Witch and Her Friends Save the Day, because without them, Mildred would still be in trouble right about now. Her friends often come to the rescue, by the way. It’s about time someone mentions that.
Every character gains maturity, except for Ethel. It’s as though her immature, unexplained feud with Mildred will last forever. The worst thing is, Ethel doesn’t even have minions, so she’s just some random villain who annoys most people and no one seems to fear. At least now, she hides some of her sneering.
It was good to learn that Mildred has a family—a mother, at least. That’s all that was explicitly said. But at least she was mentioned. Before, I didn’t even know if she had parents or not. Only the girls and school are talked about in the series. Nothing of the exterior world. I wonder if the mundane people even know witches exist.
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