Winnie Under the Sea. Book + CD (Winnie the Witch) Story Snug
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Winnie Under the Sea by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

We are huge fans of Winnie the Witch and with our thoughts turning to holidays we’ve been reading Winnie Under the Sea and dreaming of days at the beach.

The Story: Winnie and Wilbur fly to an island for their holiday. While Winnie goes swimming Wilbur sits in a tree, he’d like to see the fish but he doesn’t want to go in the water so Winnie changes him into a cat-fish. As Wilbur is having fun as a fish Winnie turns herself into an octopus but disaster strikes when she drops her wand on the seabed. Luckily they find it and Winnie casts a spell to turn them back to normal again. Winnie loves it so much under the sea that when she sees a yellow boat bobbing in front of her she waves her wand and turns it into the perfect underwater vehicle.

A thoroughly modern Winnie searches for the perfect holiday getaway on the Internet then travels on her trusty broomstick to the idyllic island that she has chosen. It’s a beautiful spot for a holiday and the clear blue waters are full of many interesting species of fish. Winnie wants to share her experience with Wilbur and we love his transformation into a cat-fish, his expressions of pure enjoyment show what fun he has. Korky Paul’s fish are very unique. While some, such as the jellyfish and the crab, are easily identifiable there are others that have fantastical physical characteristics, we even found a fish with arms!

The text in Winnie Under the Sea is easy to read and there are lots of amusing details in Korky Paul’s illustrations. My favourite picture shows Wilbur swimming as a cat-fish, I love the octopus in his pirate hat. My daughter is intrigued by the eyes peering out of the windows of the beach house and the portholes on the boat, we want to know who they belong to!

Winnie Under the Sea could be included in class topics on holidays or the seaside. Children could describe the kind of holiday that they think a witch and her cat would enjoy and I love asking children what they think is important to pack in their holiday suitcases, their idea of holiday necessities can often be very amusing! Older children can learn about he whole process of how to look for and book a holiday and use maps to decide where they would like to go and the best way to travel. An enjoyable writing activity is for a child to describe their ideal holiday island, would they also have a washing machine on the beach like Winnie?

The first Winnie the Witch story was published in 1987 and I love the way that the illustrations have evolved to include new technology, e.g. Winnie’s tablet and a beach house with a satellite dish! Winnie Under the Sea also comes with a CD which we haven’t heard although we have really enjoyed the other Winnie audio books that we have listened to.

Have you visited Winnie and Wilbur on their website? Do you have a favourite Winnie the Witch book? We’d love to hear which one in the comments.

Age Range: Age 3 +

Author: Valerie Thomas / Illustrator: Korky Paul


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10 responses to “Winnie Under the Sea by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul”


  1. Stacey Guilliatt avatar

    Never heard of this series but it sounds like my eldest would like it, he talks about the seaside a lot at the moment 🙂 #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      There are so many great Winnie the Witch stories, she gets up to all sorts of adventures with her cat Wilbur 🙂


  2. Erika avatar

    I don’t know this series! As I introduced you to The Pigeon, I need to check out more Winnie the witch books, specially this one, as my youngest one loves anything that has to do with the water! Thanks for the review and for hopping by the blog on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Winnie the Witch is great, we’ve also just started reading the chapter books. Thanks for the introduction to Pigeon – I’ll look out for him 🙂


  3. chantelle hazelden avatar

    My girls love Winnie the Witch too 🙂 thanks for sharing with #readwithme x


    1. Catherine avatar

      The first Winnie the Witch book is still one of my all time favourite picture books 🙂


  4. Elizabeth Rebecca avatar

    Sounds like a very cute book – I actually did a module on children’s books when I was at University so I’ve found your blog very interesting reading.

    Lizzie Dripping


    1. Catherine avatar

      We love Winnie! Thank you for visiting Elizabeth, great to hear that you enjoyed reading 🙂


  5. Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn avatar

    Winnie the Witch is a big favourite in our house. We managed to get the box set really cheap on The Book People, and it even came in a satchel that looks just like Winnie’s. I love what a strong female character she is, without any hint of pink or girlieness. My daughter and son both enjoy the books equally. The pictures are amazing, so much detail.


    1. Catherine avatar

      The Winnie the Witch stories are fantastic and it amazes me that most of them include just the two characters, Winnie and Wilbur.

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