The Worst Witch to the Rescue – Jill Murphy

24105122The Worst Witch to the Rescue by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Animals, Frienship


Mildred Hubble has always been the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy, but she just knows this term will be different. She’s done the best holiday project ever and she’s sure that her form teacher, the fearsome Miss Hardbroom, will be impressed. Even her arch-enemy, Ethel Hallow, is being friendly to her! But is it all too good to be true – will disaster strike again for the Worst Witch?


Once again, Mildred Hubble proves herself to be the unluckiest witch alive. Or Ethel proves herself to be the worst witch alive. Whichever you prefer.

I don’t know how Mildred didn’t see it coming. I know I did, and so will any other reader, though perhaps not the targeted audience? If so, then the predictability is fine. Mildred’s just too trusting for her own good.

In spite of seeing the main events coming from kilometres away, I found myself extremely entertained by this sequel. I’m all for talking animals. In fact I think they could be teaching us so much, if only they’d be able to talk.

Fortunately, Mildred has created a potion for them to do just that. Unfortunately, Ethel’s being a villain (as always) and tries to ruin Mildred’s chances at proving herself to be the great witch her reputation disproves.

Every child should read (or be read) these books. I’m not one for reading series back-to-back—not anymore—so it says a lot that that’s what I’ve been doing the past few days. Jill Murphy’s THE WORST WITCH series is a collection of short stories, but they are so lovely and remind you of that magic time that is childhood.


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