4-6 and 7-9 years old
Written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul (Oxford)
Winnie the Witch is something of a celebrity in children’s literature. What makes Winnie a winner is her friendly, scatter-brained personality. She’s literally an accident waiting to happen – luckily a touch of magic usually sets her straight. The Winnie series of over 11 books deliver witchy escapades with fun and humour – and a clever twist. These make a great transition from picture books to chapter books as they offer slightly longer text, so they are great for encouraging reluctant readers.
It’s Korky Paul’s detailed and imaginative illustrations that bring Winnie to life. An ex-Zimbabwean illustrator who has sold over 2 million books, translated into 20 languages worldwide, Paul creates illustrations children love to stare at for ages. A visual feast of witty touches and humorous characterisation, his details are delightful – from skulls on a pair of pirate glasses to funny little animals eating worms and characters filled with a cartoon-like energy. We have loved most of the Winnie books equally but Winnie in Space is extra special and really gets children’s imaginations going. Check out www.winnie-the-witch.com for fun games and activities for your kids. Winnie also makes the perfect dress-up for Book Character Day.