by Valerie Thomas
This is another book in the award
winning WINNIE THE WITCH series which has delighted children all over the world.
Winnie the Witch is tired of winter
- so is Wilbur her faithful cat. Having cast the right spell, she sits back to
enjoy the summer blazing in her garden. But her frozen neighbours invade her
garden and Winnie realises summer's shortcomings. Time for another
spell...Lively, vivid and original.
Winnie the Witch is back with her stripy tights, her woebegone cat Wilbur and her impulsive magic. Watch out for Santa in a cameo role. Laura: 'Brilliant. I loved the first book and this sequel is even better. Korky Paul's cartoon style pictures are great.'
THE HERALD 14 DEC 96
WINNIE IN WINTER is the perfect book with which to instil an appreciation of winter. Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur are fed up with feeling frozen and sick of the sight of snow, so Winnie casts a spell to create her own micro climate, with less than enjoyable results. The detailed illustrations are beautiful, but in a way which will appeal principally to children and not just to adults, as many children's books seem to be aiming to do. The final message in the book is straightforward: 'Winter is lovely too.'
NURSERY EQUIPMENT WINTER 96
Winnie is the endearing witch whose spells just don't work. She's at it again here, when she decides she has had enough of winter and so brings summer to her garden. Alas, it all goes very wrong and she is overrun with every local refugee from the cold. Wacky and witty, this is a wonderfully consoling book for long winter evenings.
KIDS OUT DEC/JAN 96/7
A second story to follow WINNIE THE WITCH which won the Children's Book Award, comes in Valerie Thomas' WINNIE IN WINTER, illustrated as before by Korky Paul. Winnie is tired of the snow and ice in winter, so 'abracadabra' she turns her garden into summer. But as she sits back contentedly her troubles begin...Perhaps winter is not so bad after all. 'Everyone loved the first Winnie and has been waiting to see what she would get up to next.'
THE BOOKSELLER 30 AUG 96, Kate Agnew