The Witch's Children Go to School, Paperback

The Witch's Children Go to School Paperback

Illustrated by Russell Ayto

Part of the Witch's Children series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Magic and mayhem abound in this brilliant 'first day at school' themed story - winner of the first ever Roald Dahl Funny Prize! It's Gemma's first day day school and she's scared, so the witch's children turn her into an ogre to give her courage.

But school is no place for an ogre, so what do you think the witch's children do next ...? Praise for The Witch's Children: 'This anything-can-happen tae is told with witty text and illustrations' - Guardian 'An exuberant fantasy ...executed with wonderful humour and penmanship.' - The Sunday Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9781408300725


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The witch's children return in this third picture-book adventure, and that, as the school cat says, spells TROUBLE! Coming upon their friend Gemma waiting outside the gates of the local school one day, and discovering that she is petrified because it is her first day, the magical siblings use their magic to solve the problem. Unfortunately (although not surprisingly), their solution - turning Gemma into an ogre, who isn't afraid of anything - only leads to chaos, which then requires more magical intervention. Soon the schoolchildren have been transformed into characters from various fairytales, the school itself into a storybook, and the school inspector into a smelly cheese. When the witch's children find (as always) that they can't undo their spells, they call for that reliable fixer-of-all-troubles: their mother...Like its two predecessors, <u>The Witch's Children</u> and <u>The Witch's Children and the Queen</u>, this tale follows the basic storyline of three children who, acting upon their good intentions, get themselves into a great deal of enchanted trouble, and must rely on maternal authority to get them out again. I don't know that I found it as amusing as <u>The Witch's Children and the Queen</u>, which is my favorite of the three stories about these magical siblings, but it certainly was amusing at times. My favorite part was probably when the Middle One, thinking of the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, turned Class Three into fleas by mistake. As always, the quirky artwork by Russell Ayto, although not precisely my cup of tea, adds to the sense of madcap fun. Recommended to young children who enjoy witchy adventures, and to anyone who enjoyed the first two books devoted to the mishaps of these characters.