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Minikin Snickasnee - called Minx for short - was nine years old and wished with all her heart that she was not a witch's child. ...It may sound like fun to be the daughter of Madam Snickasnee and be forbidden to go to school, to wash behind your ears, or go to bed at night. You might even like to see certain people you know turned into potted plants and have your own flyinMinikin Snickasnee - called Minx for short - was nine years old and wished with all her heart that she was not a witch's child. ...It may sound like fun to be the daughter of Madam Snickasnee and be forbidden to go to school, to wash behind your ears, or go to bed at night. You might even like to see certain people you know turned into potted plants and have your own flying broomstick. ...But Minx didn't like riding around in the dark or cooking up horrid pots of Black Spell Brew. Even a witch's child rebels, and one day, Minx sneaked off to school. ...The principal was certainly surprised to see his newest pupil arriving on a broomstick, and life got much more exciting for a lot of people - the school-children, Mr. Beanpot the detective and Mrs. Sputter of the Parent-Teachers' Association. ...Anyone who ever longed to cast a spell or experiment with a magic kettle will delight in the wonderful story of Minx and how her dearest wish came true. Helen Stone's gay line drawings make the little witch and her friends come alive with humor and Hallowe'en spirit....

Title : little witch
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ISBN : 2058178
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 116 Pages
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little witch Reviews

  • Brianne
    2019-05-23 10:07

    This was my favorite book as a child. Last night when I added it to my shelf here on Goodreads, I read many peoples' comments about how much they loved it and lamented it was no longer in print. Upon learning that it was out of print, I was glad to have my copy. But when I looked for it, I couldn't find it! Instead of my purple Little Witch, I had some other purple witch book that I do not recall at all. I must have unintentionally given away the wrong book. I went to the thrift store today, like I tend to do on half price Mondays, but didn't expect to find it. I was very surprised and happy to find my purple Little Witch! It was the best fifty cents ever spent. :)

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-05-07 08:10

    I chalk it up to growing up in the 1960s and the influence of Bewitched on TV. Before Twilight “niced up” vampires, Elizabeth Montgomery’s portrayal of good witch Samantha Stevens polished up the image of witches. Since then I’ve befriended a number of Wiccans, who can be characterized as good witches. So when I read Little Witch, I was gobsmacked to discover poor Minikin living in dread fear of her mother, Madam Snickasnee, a most evil witch, one who delights in turning innocent children — well, except for that delinquent Billy Martin — into flowerpots and in otherwise terrorizing her town. I’d forgotten that witches for centuries were feared. Minikin — who goes by Minx — has, despite being 9 years old, never been to school, never had any friends, never had any fun. She longs to live as a normal girl, but the neighborhood children flee at her appearance, crying Witch’s child!” She spends her nights, while her mother flies out on her broomstick, trying unsuccessfully to conjure up a fairy. But an encounter with a sweet little orphan named Frances, her many siblings, and her big-hearted grandmother serve to change Minx’s life.Little Witch has the slower pace and more moralizing tone that you’d expect from a children’s book from the 1950s; however, I enjoyed it all the same and the lessons that you shouldn’t judge someone by their family and that you should try to be brave and do what’s right are always good ones.

  • Krista
    2019-05-09 08:01

    This is the first book I ever read. I was slow and introverted. I would go to the school library and check out a lot of books, so that others would think that I read them overnight. I opened the book when I got home and started looking at the pictures the way I did all books, but then I realized that for the first time, I wanted to know what the pictures meant. I began to read it. It enveloped me in a world that paralleled my own. How often I had wanted to find out that I had been kidnapped, so many times I locked my self in the bathroom and prayed, bargained, pleaded, and even wiggled my nose like Tabitha in the hopes that my life would be transformed. That night my life was truly transformed for the first time. I learned that a good story could transport me into a different reality! I learned to make up stories in my head when I didn't have a book to read at that moment. Years later I found The Little Witch on and bought it immediately. This story was a major stepping stone in my childhood. It now rests on a special shelf with a few other treasured books from that time in my life, along with my special hardbacks of the Harry Potter series. My oh my! What I would have given to go to Hogwarts!!!

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-04-27 10:10

    In elementary school (second & third & fourth grades) I read this over & over & over & over. Story of a little girl witch who wants to be nice and have friends, but who has an evil witch mother who does everything she can to squelch her good side. I felt a lot of affection for the little witch and loved being on her side. It was great fun whenever she was able to outwit her mother!

  • Carla Peele
    2019-04-24 10:01

    I read this gem over and again as a child, but have looked fruitlessly for it again for nearly 20 years, and my husband finally found it again for me, and I re-read it, pleased to see that the magic has not worn off. It was a childhood favorite of my mother's as well, and she passed this memory down to me. Minikin "Minx" Snickasee was a witch's child, or so she thought... Never had bathed, was often neglected and abused, underfed, and lived in fear of her mother. But, she had dreams... dreams that she was NOT the daughter of a witch, but a fairy instead... At the age of nine she rebelled and began attending school, meeting the lovely Frances and her large, boisterous, but kind family. The family became her saving grace, and Madame Snickasee, the old witch, was made to pay for her crimes against children and humanity in general. And, best of all, she found that her dreams were real, and her mother, her REAL mother, was a Wood Nymph Fairy, placed under an enchantment by Madame Snickasee! Her mother, Moonfire, came to stay with Grandma and Frances' family, and Minikin finally had all the love she'd craved...

  • Valerie
    2019-05-15 05:14

    This was my absolute favorite children's book when I was a young child. I signed it out of the school library so many times that I filled up the library card a few times. A few years ago, I was working in the library in an elementary school (different town), and they had a stack of books that they were discarding, and lo and behold...there was the book! I asked if I could keep it and they said yes. I hope some day that my daughter may like to read it.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-12 09:23

    This was one of my very favorite books as a child - I checked it out from the library multiple times a year. I was glad to have the chance to read it as an adult. Of course, it's not the same now - but I can see how it captured my imagination. I had many day-dreams about mixing different colors of potions :)

  • Katy St. Clair
    2019-05-24 04:06

    I drove my grade-school librarian nuts, because all I wanted were books about children who were witches. Actually, i just wanted about 40 more books like this one. I believe her name was Dory, which is still one of my favorite names ever since.

  • Iris
    2019-05-02 05:10

    The tale of independent Minikin, or "Minx," enchanted me as a first-grader when I dearly loved the hardcover edition in the Snail Lake Elementary library. Returning to it, I suppose it's as liberated as a 1940s cute-little-lady kid's novel can be. The fourth-grader Minx bravely steps away from the cruel world of witchery, longing for a conventional life; but she learns to embrace the upside of black magic. Her kind nature sways her community to support her flavor of witchcraft. By the end, the school principal and the town folk are clamboring for a ride on her broom. Karl Ove Knausgaard, in Volume 3 of "My Struggle," mentions his memory of reading a novel called "The Little Witch" at the age of 8. He was deeply disturbed by the little girl's rebelliousness. I'm not sure if this was the same novel he read, but this is the "Little Witch" that so touched my young soul.

  • Katie
    2019-04-29 05:55

    Like many other posters, I read and re-read this story many times as a child and have searched both brick and mortar and online book sellers in vain for this story. I was so pleased to read Melissa McCann's post about it being digitized and available at ePub. I downloaded it on my iPhone as soon as I read that post and imported it into Stanza. Reading it again last night, after so many years was like a reunion with a long lost friend. Thanks, Melissa! If you missed her post and are searching for this book, you can find it here: you can read it on your computer or import into an ereader device:

  • Ruth
    2019-05-03 04:55

    I've read this short paperback book multiple times in my life (most of them during elementary school) and found it magical and delightful every time. The story of Minx (Minikin Snikasnee--the name itself shows you why it's a delightful little book!) as the reluctant witch's daughter who just wants to be a normal little girl and have normal friends probably resonates with the outcast inside all of us. As you see Minx use her ingenuity to live her most hopeful wish, you'll be charmed too. The pen and ink illustrations by Helen Stone are sweet--when I purchased the book I had to be sure the illustrations were the same as I remembered from my childhood experiences. Wonderful.

  • Dawne
    2019-05-10 03:10

    The kids and I just finished this book last night. They really enjoyed it. We read a couple chapters each night, and they couldn't wait to get back to it. I recently found it at my library, and I remember this is the first chapter book I read "all by myself" when I was probably in about second grade. I didn't recall a thing about it, but the title has always stuck in my mind, so I really must have liked it then too!

  • Melissa
    2019-05-05 05:18

    I loved this book and haven't been able to find a copy in years (I always checked it out from the library). I just found an epub copy online! No illustrations--which were part of what I loved about the original book--but the story is just as I remembered it!

  • Dena
    2019-05-16 10:23

    I don't know if this is really a classic, but it was to me. I read this when I was 8 or 9 and it fueled my imagination! It has everything: kindred spirits, the mystery of unknown parentage, witches, potions, and a vulnerable little girl who dreams of a happy family. I still have the tattered old hardcover and guard it like gold.

  • Roxana
    2019-05-07 08:59

    This is one of those books I remember with such clarity and fondness from my childhood. I can remember, some years ago (still years after I had actually read it), finding it again and reading it... And discovering that it's just as charming and agreeable a little book as it was when I was four or five. I think "darling" might be the only word to describe it.

  • Amy
    2019-05-23 08:13

    This was the book that got me hooked on reading. I loved it and read over and over. I remember having to do a book report on this book.

  • Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
    2019-05-10 07:56

    This is one of those books my mother, my teachers, and their friends all encouraged me to read as a child. It's a coming-of-age story about a little witch named Minx. She lives with a horrible witch who wants Minx to embrace everything evil about witchcraft, but Minx finds that she longs for school and socialization.This book was everything I expected. It was cute and adorable. The chapters were episodic. The foreshadowing was clear from the beginning. It is a perfect 1950's children's book-- the sort of book which will hook a young reader and make them voracious for words the rest of their life. This is, I'm sure, what happened to my teachers. The childhood nostalgia of this book has truly bolstered the reviews. It's beautiful and I understand, but it's not something for me-- reading this book for the first time in my 30's. I recommend it to all children who are just about to read their first chapter book. I promise, it'll get them hooked. ;)

  • Jennifer Heise
    2019-05-17 04:59

    Poor Minx (Minikin) does not want to be a witch, let alone the child of the nasty Mistress Snickasee. But when she escapes during the daytime and meets Frances and other regular children, she at last finds a way out (though some people get turned into Busy Lizzie plants temporarily) and finds out that things are not as they seem.I adored this as a child especially for the vivid scenes of Minx mixing potions.

  • Linda
    2019-05-22 09:20

    This was the first book I ever checked out from the book mobile as a child of 7. I have loved this book for more than 45 years and remember how motivated I was to forge a long term relationship with the public library system and this book was one reason.

  • Krys
    2019-05-01 06:12

    It was okay, a bit dated. The "good" women were beautiful goddesses who were nurturing, enjoyed cooking and cleaning, and were socially impeccable. The "bad" women were a bit gruff, uncaring, and did not enjoy cooking, cleaning, or house-keeping. But, if you can get past that it was cute.

  • Marci
    2019-05-09 02:01

    My mom loved this book from when she was young. She found it and gave it to me and I LOVED IT!! It's an amazing book that is fun and timeless and lets any little girl day dream about broom rides and tall black hats.

  • Lori
    2019-05-04 08:58

    I had a great librarian in Elementary School. Because I was obsessed with the show Bewitched, she thought I would like this book. I was in second grade, and I not only loved it, I read it over and over. This little book about magic opened the magic of reading for me.

  • Melanti
    2019-05-02 03:00

    I loved this book when I was a kid and have been wondering what the name of it was. Someone just posted a note about it in a forum I frequent and I recognized the cover immediately. I used to wish that MY mother was an evil witch so that I wouldn't have to do the dishes either.

  • Hope
    2019-05-16 08:58

    One of my all-time favorite books to read to children. Witchy parents aren't who you think they are. And you might not be who you are, too. Great ideas for children...

  • Julie
    2019-05-18 06:22

    I LOVED this book in the 3rd grade! I remember trying to see how many times I could read the book that year...I think I got past 25 times! Dedication for a 9 year old!!

  • Dana
    2019-05-03 03:10

    i didn't think much of this book when I saw the cover while pulling it off the shelf. But wow, magic spells and HUGE misconceptions, this book it amazing-ly great!

  • Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer)
    2019-05-06 07:55

    I love this book! I grew up on it and read it often. I used to check it out at the library at me school several times every year!lol

  • Tara
    2019-05-19 02:15

    This was one of my favorites as a child. My sister and I played the characters for hours on a regular basis.

  • Tabetha Elliss
    2019-04-25 04:11

    My favorite book growing up!I read it and reread it countless times. I need to find a copy so I can share it with my daughters.

  • Deborah
    2019-04-25 03:01

    I read this book when I was still in elementary school. I've loved it ever since (sadly out of print the last time I checked).