The Worst Witch

The Worst Witch is a series of children's books written and illustrated by Jill Murphy. The series are primarily about a girl who attends a witch school and fantasy stories, with eight books published. The first, The Worst Witch, was published in 1974 by Allison & Busby,[1] and the most recent, First Prize for the Worst Witch, was published in 2018 by Puffin Books, the current publisher of the series. The books have become some of the most successful titles on the Young Puffin paperback list and have sold more than 5 million copies.[2][3]

The Worst Witch
The covers from the first seven books, shown in publication order

The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch Strikes Again
A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch
The Worst Witch All at Sea
The Worst Witch Saves the Day
The Worst Witch to the Rescue
The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star
First Prize for The Worst Witch
AuthorJill Murphy
IllustratorJill Murphy
Cover artistJill Murphy
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, children's books
PublisherAllison & Busby (original)
Puffin Books (current)
Published1974–2018
No. of books8

In 1986, the first book in the series was made into a television film of the same name. A TV series based on the book aired from 1998 to 2001, and has inspired two spin-offs, Weirdsister College, aired in 2001, and The New Worst Witch, aired in 2005. A new adaptation, co-production of CBBC, ZDF, and Netflix premiered in 2017.[4]


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