The Story: Winnie the Witch lives in a black house with her black cat Wilbur. She can see Wilbur when his eyes are open but when he sleeps she often sits on him or trips over him. Her first spell to solve the problem means that Winnie can’t see Wilbur in the garden and the second embarrasses Wilbur and makes him sad. Finally Winnie finds a solution that makes them both happy.
This is a lovely story for promoting discussion about colour. Winnie is an extremely loveable character who often gets into trouble when she casts a spell to solve a problem. Korky Paul’s illustrations are colourful and full of detail and we spend lots of time talking about the pictures on each individual page.
This was the first Winnie the Witch book which I often read to my first Reception / Year One classes and Valerie Thomas has written several more since. We particularly like Winnie’s New Computer, Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin (with it’s very original ending) and Winnie Flies Again.
Winnie the Witch has also been translated into German, she’s called Zilly, die Zauberin. She even has her own website: www.winnie-the-witch.com
Age Range: 3 +
Author: Valerie Thomas / Illustrator: Korky Paul