Mildred Hubble. Pre Potter magical mischief in a school for young witches.

THE WORST WITCH - Mildred Hubble was a trainee witch at Mss Cackle's Academy, and she was making an awful mess of it. She couldn't even ride a broomstick without crashing it and she was always getting her spells wrong.

painting box: Brave Irene by William Steig

Brave Irene by William Steig. Courageous Irene Bobbin is the dressmaker's daughter. Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing. Empowering book for young female readers.

"The Improbable Cat" by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Peter Bailey - Front cover

"The Improbable Cat" by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Peter Bailey - Front cover

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Fishpond Australia, The Dark by Jon Klassen (Illustrated ) Lemony Snicket. Buy Books online: The Dark, ISBN Jon Klassen (Illustrated by) Lemony Snicket

Magic lands and saucepans

The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton Illustrated by Magaret Ely Webb, 1941 My favourite book

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The Sleeping Beauty Charles Seddon Evans. Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. First edition, tipped-in colour plate and silhouette illustrations by Rackham, original cloth-backed pictorial boards

How the camel got his hump, the leopard his spots and other treats from the master

How the camel got his hump, the leopard his spots and other treats from the master

MoonMan I Tomi Ungerer

MOON MAN The man on the moon is bored. One day, he hitches a ride to Earth on the tails of a passing comet.

Hideously gruesome cautionary tales. I was fascinated!

Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann, a book written by a psychologist to frighten children into good behavior. Made into a gothic opera which is also amazing. This used to terrify and enthrall me when I was little.

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