by Jill Murphy, paperback £6.99 for 5–8-year-olds (reviewed by Anthony)

My 6-year-old son seemed horrified when we started reading the first book in The Worst Witch series and he realised it was a girl’s school, but he was soon gripped with the mayhem that Mildred Hubble causes at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches and we read through the book together at record speed! This wonderful series is a ‘first step’ into the magical world of witches and wizards and a much simpler, age-appropriate Harry Potter style series for 5–8-year-olds. The short chapters make it a perfect bedtime story book and help keep younger readers engaged in the story.