Winnie the Witch

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Winnie The Witch
Winnie the Witch.jpg
AuthorValerie Thomas
IllustratorKorky Paul
GenreChildren's literature
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
Pages32 pages

Winnie The Witch is a series of fifteen picture books, written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul. According to Oxford University Press more than five million books have been sold of this series.

Following on from the success of the picture books, a series of 'young fiction' Winnie The Witch books were written by Laura Owen, also illustrated by Korky Paul. An animated series based on the books has been produced for Milkshake!

The series[edit]

The original book Winnie The Witch was first published in 1987. It was reprinted nine times up until 1997 and re-issued with a new cover in 2006. The book is available as a paperback edition with an audio CD, containing the story with music and sound effects.

Valerie Thomas has worked for many years in education, teaching in schools in Australia and the UK. Korky Paul is an award-winning illustrator of children's books. In 1986, he illustrated his first book for Oxford University Press, Winnie the Witch, which won the Children's Book Award[1] in 1988.

Winnie's New Computer (2003)[edit]

Winnie has ordered her first computer (which is illustrated like an iMac G4, but instead of an Apple logo it has a pumpkin on its backside) and logs on to the internet. Wilbur however is jealous because Winnie spends so much time with her new computer and doesn't even let him touch "the mouse". Winnie decides to throw away her book of spells and her wand - from now on all her magic will be at the click of a mouse! But when Winnie finally goes to bed, Wilbur finally wants to see what this "new mouse" is all about. The next morning Winnie wakes up to discover she has no cat and no computer. It turns out that she still needs her book of spells from time to time. In the end, she manages to get her computer and Wilbur back and decides to keep her magic wand and her book of spells!

Winnie's Midnight Dragon (2006)[edit]

Winnie and her cat Wilbur are woken up in the night by a baby dragon. The dragon sets Winnie's broomstick on fire. Winnie casts a spell to stop the baby dragon breathing fire; unfortunately now he breathes butterflies instead. Wilbur and the baby dragon chase the butterflies, causing much damage to Winnie's house. Winnie chases them to the roof and casts a spell to make a full moon. This allows the baby dragon's mother to see him and she comes to collect him. The dragons fly off and Wilbur and Winnie go to bed.


  • 1987 Winnie The Witch
  • 1996 Winnie in Winter
  • 1999 Winnie Flies Again
  • 2002 Winnie's Magic Wand
  • 2003 Winnie's New Computer
  • 2005 Winnie at the Seaside
  • 2006 Winnie's Midnight Dragon
  • 2007 Happy Birthday, Winnie
  • 2008 Winnie's Flying Carpet
  • 2009 Winnie's Amazing Pumpkin
  • 2010 Winnie in Space
  • 2011 Winnie Under the Sea
  • 2012 Winnie's Dinosaur Day
  • 2013 Winnie`s Pirate Adventure
  • 2014 Winnie`s Big Bad Robot
  • 2015 Winnie's Haunted House
  • 2016 Winnie & Wilbur Meet Santa
  • 2017 Winnie & Wilbur and the Naughty Knight


  1. ^ List of Children's Book Award winners from 1981 - 1989"[1]"

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