Puffin, London, 2013
Hardback, 200 pages
Suggested reading age: 5+
Reviewed by: Indrani Perera
Long before Harry Potter and his friends took the world by storm, there was another boarding school for sorcery - Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. First published in 1974, the Worst Witch series of books are written and illustrated by the supremely talented Jill Murphy and feature the accident prone Mildred Hubble.
In this book, Mildred Hubble is given the job of being lantern monitor. Can she manage to fly around the castle on her broomstick every evening to the light the candles and again every morning to douse the candles without causing a mishap? The bite size chapters and gentle story make this a perfect bedtime story for little folks. There is also enough adventure and excitement to keep older readers entertained.