# Halloween Which Witch Quiz (Answers!)

I hope you all had a happy Halloween. Here are the answers to my quiz testing  your knowledge of witch characters from children’s literature.

The witch who has a cat called Wilbur is Winnie winnie

Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas


Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 978-0192726438

The witch who is left outside Templeton Children’s Home as a baby is Bella Donna BellaDonna2

Bella Donna: Coven Road by Ruth Symes

Price: £5.99

Publisher: Piccadilly

ISBN: 978-1848120969

The witch who speaks at the annual meeting of the RSPCC is The Grand High Witch witches

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Price: £6.99

Publisher: Puffin

ISBN: 978-0141346410

The witch who attends Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches is Mildred Hubble Worstwitch

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Price: £5.99

Publisher: Puffin

ISBN: 978-0141349596

The witch who lives with her foster father Nat is Issy Issy

Burning Issy by Melvin Burgess

Price: £5.99

Publisher: Andersen

ISBN: 978-1849393973

The witch who hides her journal in an old quilt is Mary witchchild

Witch Child by Celia Rees

Price: £6.99

Publisher: Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-1408800263

The witch who has long ginger hair she wears in a plait is the Witch RoononBroom3

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Price: £6.99

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN: 978-0333903384

The witch who is good at spotting Seekers is Professor Minerva McGonagall hp

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Price: £6.99

Publisher: Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-0747558194

The witch who enchants children with magical Turkish Delight is The White Witch lionwitchetc

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Price: £5.99

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 978-0007323128

The witch who lives in a cave on Hurricane Mountain is the Witch gobbolino

Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Williams

Price: £4.99

Publisher: Puffin

ISBN: 978-0140302394

The witch who keeps her in husband in a jar is Mum Which Witch Quiz 3

The Trouble with Mum by Babette Cole

Price: £3.08

Publisher: Inky Sprat (Kindle Edition)


The witch whose birthday is on 31st October is Zelda zelda3

Witch Zelda’s Birthday Cake by Eva Tatcheva

Price: £3.72

Publisher: Tango Books

ISBN: 978-1857074406

The witch whose baby is stolen by fairies is the Tree Witch Pillywiggins

Pillywiggins and the Tree Witch by Julia Jarman

Price: £4.99

Publisher: Andersen

ISBN: 978-1849390187

And my favourite witch is … Zeldazelda3

Witch Zelda’s Birthday Cake is a pop-up and pull-the-flap book about a naughty witch who invites her friends to a birthday party and amuses herself by playing tricks on them. The book is almost entirely about the visual jokes going on – the sort of thing that children pore over for hours. The pop-up element is an intrinsic part of the story and there seems to be something new to discover in the pictures every time you look. Tatcheva is a truly original illustrator, who uses a mixture of scratchy drawing, richly textured paint and photographic collage to produce scenes that are strangely magical, slightly scary but brilliantly funny all at the same time.

Another #Halloween Treat!

Reblogged from http://librarymice.com/spooky-reads/ Enjoy!

Spooky Reads!

Posted on Oct 27, 2014


hubblebubbleHubble Bubble and the Super-Spooky Fright Night
Tracey Corderoy (text) & Joe Berger (illustrations)
(Nosy Crow)

With its gorgeous Hallween-y cover, this latest book from the Hubble Bubble young fiction series ( a spin-off of the bestselling picture book series) puts you in the right mood straight away. Pandora is having a Halloween party with her friends and both her grannies are helping. Granny Podmore is sensible, but Granny Crow (who is a witch, but don’t tell anyone), well, not so much. She is lots of fun though, and always means well. Will the party end up be a disaster?
Heavily illustrated, with Joe Berger’s gorgeous artwork in shades of orange and grey, this is a wonderful series for newly independent readers. The book includes three individual stories; this helps, alongside the illustrations, the text to be split in less daunting and more manageable chunks.  It is fun and the relationship between Pandora and her grandmother’s brings a certain dynamic to the stories. Young children will relish in Pandora being the sensible one, and this current tome is the perfect opportunity to introduce young readers to the series

gothgirlGoth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death
Chris Riddell
(Macmillan Children’s Books)

The wonderfully quirky Goth family and all those who live in their estate return for another sagacious and elegant adventure.  Lord Goth is on a book tour and has left the organisation  of the annual Full Moon Fete to his staff. Preparations are well underway, including a celebrity bake-off, but with Maltravers acting not unusually suspiciously,  Ada thinks something is afoot and with the help of her friends, she is keen to discover what might be happening behind closed doors. But will anyone remember it is also her birthday? And will she have time to sort out her elusive nanny’s relationship problems?
Spies, vampires, baking and even doomed relationships: there is something for everyone within the pages of this exquisitely designed little book. Chris Riddell’s meticulous and refined artwork and his witty writing are sure to delight young readers again; yet intertextuality, cunning references and parody galore make this book particularly enjoyable for adult readers.
It is faultless, down to the a mini book included at the end, “Biography of a Bear”, a perfect example of a wordless comic, which is so good, it could easily be used to teach storytelling techniques in panel formats.

thirteenchairsThirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
(David Fickling Books)

A darkened room – 12 empty chairs around a table, slowly filled one by one by a ghostly figure. Jack is offered a seat, the thirteenth chair. Then the stories begin: how they died, what they did wrong in life that resulted in their death. After each participant has finished their story, they blow their candle out, making the room increasingly darker, and creepier. But who will tell the final story?
Thirteen Chairs is an exploit of chilling storytelling, with the reader left on tenterhooks and gradually more breathless as each tale unfolds. Short stories are the perfect literary form for doing scary – short, snappy text makes the resolution all the more ominous, particularly when the worst is implied, rather than described.
Shelton demonstrates once more what a brilliant writer he is as well as artist,  by delivering a book which is well polished yet poles apart from  his award-winning A Boy and A Bear in a Boat

Finally, you can’t be a classic, and this year, the classic young fiction Eva Ibbotson “scary” tales have been republished with glorious new cover  artwork by Alex T Smith. A perfect opportunity to introduce them to young readers:


mountwoodHer son, Toby Ibbotson, has also written a story  based on his mother’s original idea, which is also a ghost story, Mountwood School for Ghosts. All are published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

#Halloween Which Witch Quiz

To celebrate Halloween I have devised a little quiz for you all. Below I have asked  you to identify  thirteen (unlucky for some!) different witch characters from children’s literature. On Monday I will tell you which one is my favourite and why. To make it easy for you here are the thirteen books from which I have made my selection.

Here are my 13 questions:

Which witch has a cat called Wilbur?

Which witch is left outside the Templeton Children’s Home as a baby?

Which witch speaks at the annual meeting of the RSPCC?

Which witch lives with her foster father Nat?

Which witch attends Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches?

Which witch hides her journal in an old quilt?

Which witch has long ginger hair she wears in a plait?

Which witch is good at spotting Seekers?

Which witch enchants children with magical Turkish Delight?

Which witch lives in a cave on Hurricane Mountain?

Which witch keeps  her in husband in a jar? 

Which witch’s birthday is on 31st October? 

Which witch has her baby stolen by fairies?

Answers in a post please. Happy witch hunting!


Another day – another  lovely review…

Witty and original, great pictures. Looking forward to the next instalment.


Happy Black History Month!

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Here’s the Black History Month display I put up in my primary school library today. The backdrop is a painted wall-hanging made by the Fula people of West Africa – beautiful, isn’t it.

Go to http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/ to find out about Black History Month events organised in your local library.

Betsy Thumbslurp Now in Paperback!

Thank you for all your kind words for ‘ You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! , my debut book for children ages 6 – 8 years old, which was published in the Amazon Kindle Store in May 2014.

Here are some of the lovely reviews Betsy has received:

What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice, and all that’s nice.

Well, not always. Our girl, Coco in ‘You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp!’ is mischievous, naughty, and a stereotype-breaker…


Cool that it’s a girl for a change. Go Betsy and hope to see more of you soon, you pest.


Downloaded & loved it – such a great idea!


I loved the book. It brought back so many memories for me. But I was the thumb sucker and my brother was the baby I was jealous of!

Primary School Librarian, Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services

Brilliant! Can’t wait for this to come out as hardback or paperback.


Well, the wait is over – BT is now available in paperback for only £3.99.

To place an order please email Lemon Tree C & T Ltd Publishing at lemontreectltd@googlemail.com.

I look forward to receiving your orders!

Why read? The School Story


Back to work in my primary school library in 2 weeks so delighted to discover this blog post from 2012.

Originally posted on Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?:

There are a whole world of genres in children’s literature, and there are new ones being created each and every day. In these posts, I’ll be focusing  on some of the key genres and both introduce them and offer some top hints on where to begin.

My first in this occasional series is very close to my heart. Behold the school story genre!

Image: theirhistory (Flickr)

The appeal of school stories can come from both the mimicking and distancing of real life. Education is something nearly everybody experiences, albeit in different forms. Reflecting this common experience onto literature allows the reader to both empathise with characters and also allow a sense of wish fulfilment to occur. In the book the mean girl might get her comeuppance, the awkward kid save the day, or the school is racked by a series of pranks. In the real world, it might be a…

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Only 17% of Parents Say Reading is a Top Summer Activity!

Reblogged from http://rifblog.org/2014/07/02/survey-says/

Survey says…


When summer rolls around, we’re all ready for a break. Whether that’s romping about outside, spending time with friends, or catching up on sleep, everyone has an idea of what it means to relax and recharge. But it seems like reading is getting left off the list.

In a new survey from RIF and our partner Macy’s, we asked over 1,000 parents of children ages 5-11 to talk about their kids’ summer reading habits. What we found was not all sunshine:during the summer, children spend nearly three times as many hours weekly watching TV or playing video games as they do reading.

Despite research that shows the importance of summer reading in preventing kids from losing literacy skills, only 17% of parents think reading is a top priority over the summer. 60% of parents surveyed didn’t believe their child loses reading skills over the summer, although existing research highlights summer learning loss as a major problem, especially for children from low-income families.

Here’s what else we learned:

  • On average, parents say their child spends about 17 hours a week watching TV or playing video games, another 17 hours a week playing outside and only about 6 hours a week reading.
  • Parents who consider reading to be extremely or very important are twice as likely to have a child who reads every day.
  • Children who were involved in a reading program last summer were up to two times more likely to read every day — but over half of parents said their child did not participate in a reading program at all last summer.
  • Last summer, children who read because they wanted to were twice as likely to read than children who read because they had to.
  • Despite the proliferation of e-books and digital formats, 83% of parents said their child preferred print books for summer reading, compared to 7% preferring tablets and 4% preferring e-readers.

While summer is the best time for all those experiences that make childhood so sweet — ice cream, camping, fireworks — it’s also a special time when children can choose to read exactly the books that interest them. Remember to let kids pick the books they want to read, and dig in to our special summer materials to work reading into all kinds of activities.

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Sad but not surprising statistics from Reading is Fundamental. It was sooo wonderful to see the pupils enthusiastic response when our  local children’s librarian visited  my school to the promote the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014 this week. For more information on prizes, competitions, games and activities to get ( and keep!) children reading over the summer holidays go to http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

I am signing off for the summer but rest assured – I will be reading avidly too!

See you all in September.

You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! Review by TaleTrove

Reblogged from http://www.taletrove.com/youre-a-pest-betsy-thumbslurp/


What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice, and all that’s nice.

Well, not always.

Our girl, Coco in ‘You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp!’ is mischievous, naughty, and a stereotype-breaker of sorts.

The Kindle chapter book, written by Janet Pamela Noble and illustrated by Jacob Turner nicely handles the topic of sibling rivalry between Coco and her newly arrived, younger sister, Betsy and how Coco begins to accept Betsy. This is a topic that relates to children with expecting parents and would interest them. Some kids might even see themselves in Coco.
No matter what the initial rivalry may be, Coco cannot stand seeing her sister upset because of something she did. She does the right thing to make Betsy happy. It is good that a child is the main character in the story and she fixes the problem she creates, on her own. There is no preaching but showing by example of how the older one should be and perhaps something for the parents to learn as well; how to meet the older one’s needs even when there is a demanding younger one around.

Noble isn’t afraid to break stereotypes herself. To quote from the book, “This book is full of YUCKS, GGRRRRAAHHHS and SNNOOSSEEFFUUPPs.”
The illustrations are energetic and depict the multicultural aspect well. Coco’s emotions are captured accurately. Colors used are vibrant.

Other Details:
First published 2014 by Lemon Tree
Edition copyright © Lemon Tree 2014
Text copyright © Janet Noble 2014
Illustrations copyright © Jacob Turner 2014

Thanks for the lovely review, Lakshmi.

You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! , a first chapter book for children ages 6 – 8 years old is  now in the  Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D341689031&field-keywords=you%27re++pest+betsy+Thumbslurp

Buy You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp!





It had to happen…

After 20 years of being a children’s librarian and reading other people’s books – yep, I’ve gone and written one of my own!  You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! , a first chapter book for children ages 6 – 8 years old, with fab illustrations by Jacob Turner, is  now in the  Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D341689031&field-keywords=you%27re++pest+betsy+Thumbslurp for the colossal price of £2.63!

I wrote you’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! because I seemed to be surrounded by  books all about naughty boys! Where do you find funny stories about misbehaving girls? It seems that in the 21st century girls are still not expected to behave truly badly.

And so You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp was born. I tried to create a sassy, feisty (and, occasionally, not very nice) girl character in a story that combines lashings of laugh-out-loud humour with huge helpings of ‘girl power’   and salami-size sluggettes of sibling rivalry. (Note to self: must cut down on alliteration!)

Enjoy – and if you can get round to posting a positive review, even better!



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