Earwig and the Witch MOBI Ü Earwig and Epub /

Earwig and the Witch MOBI Ü Earwig and Epub /

Earwig and the Witch ❮EPUB❯ ✼ Earwig and the Witch Author Diana Wynne Jones – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Most orphanages are horrible, but Earwig has a surprising amount of power over everyone at St Morwald s Home for Children, and loves it there The last thing she wants is to be adopted by the very stra Most orphanages are horrible, but Earwig has a surprising amount of power over everyone at St Morwald Earwig and Epub / s Home for Children, and loves it there The last thing she wants is to be adopted by the very strange Bella Yaga, demon attended Mandrake, and talking black cat Thomas Earwig wants to learn magic, but will need all her ingenuity and help from a familiar to survive Expressive big eyes, twisty mouths, on stick figures flesh out the characters, action, and ravens and spiders adorn the margins.


10 thoughts on “Earwig and the Witch

  1. Skye Skye says:

    Because it is my life s ambition to read every Diana Wynne Jones book.


  2. An Odd1 An Odd1 says:

    Illustrations add to delightful sweet fun with a titch of demon dark Helpful front pages full figure cast Hairs stick out, eyes bug out, mouths twist expressively on stick full front people top margin is crows on thorny line spiders sprinkle around spookily On the doorstep of St Morwald s Home for Children, Mrs Briggs found a note pinned to shawl on a baby she called Erica Wiggs, and never told Got the other twelve witches all chasing me I ll be back for her when I ve shook them off It Illustrations add to delightful sweet fun with a titch of demon dark Helpful front pages full figure cast Hairs stick out, eyes bug out, mouths twist expressively on stick full front people top margin is crows on thorny line spiders sprinkle around spookily On the doorstep of St Morwald s Home for Children, Mrs Briggs found a note pinned to shawl on a baby she called Erica Wiggs, and never told Got the other twelve witches all chasing me I ll be back for her when I ve shook them off It may take years Her name is Earwig p23 Sets a series premise and itches for sequels Earwig can make people do whatever she wants, ask the cook for anything, likes best pal Custard aka John Coster, and twists her expression to reject parents, until a far from ordinary couple arrive Bella Yaga has purple lipstick on raggety, ribby face, big red hat, bright green sweater, brown tweed suit, and sky blue high heeled boots p17 in a rage, her brown eye turns up, blue eye down Attended by tame hoof tail demons who fetch his desired menu, never anger Mandrake, or he stretches taller, thinner, alight with black fire , eyes red pits of rage , dark fire streams back from horns on his head, his huge clawed feet leave smoking holes in the floor p129 Earwig cannot escape, agrees to work hard for magic lessons, but Bella only wants an extra pair of hands for slave labor grind, chop, stir Black cat Thomas runs from itchy bad evil work for familiar, but helps find Grow Extra Body Parts spell in the grimoire and talks, guiding Earwig all night making the requisite voodoo image, stopped by need for hairs from target view spoiler Hairs from the red hat work, but Bella breaks the spell and sends earthworm size blue and purple wrigglers after the conspirators Earwig accidentally pushes them into Mandrake s den, but when she confesses to her mistake, he enforces her magic lessons with Bella After a year, he calls her Dearwig, his demons fetch her any breakfast, and Thomas purrs on her bed for Happy Ever After p140 hide spoiler


  3. Mathew Mathew says:

    An excellent short novel for any fluent Y2 reader, as a class read for Y2 or any confident reader upwards to Y4 I m not sure many write as well as Wynne Jones and this short tale is an example of how masterly she manages her prose Earwig is an orphan who enjoys life in the the orphanage She is well liked, has friends and somehow, oddly, manages to get everyone to do exactly as she asks So when a mysterious woman turns up accompanied by a seven foot men with horns asking for her to be fostere An excellent short novel for any fluent Y2 reader, as a class read for Y2 or any confident reader upwards to Y4 I m not sure many write as well as Wynne Jones and this short tale is an example of how masterly she manages her prose Earwig is an orphan who enjoys life in the the orphanage She is well liked, has friends and somehow, oddly, manages to get everyone to do exactly as she asks So when a mysterious woman turns up accompanied by a seven foot men with horns asking for her to be fostered, Earwig knows that she must manage this new life too This short novel is crammed full of great vocabulary, plenty of gaps in the meaning and enough for a reader to sleuth through whilst maintaining a tidy pace and highly memorable cast of characters There are problems to solve, spells to be cast and cats to be saved And all achieved in the space of 133 pages Quite a feat


  4. Katie Helwig Katie Helwig says:

    Earwig has been at the orphanage for her entire life and she is perfectly content staying there forever She is the boss there Her best friend Custard does everything she tells him When people come to pick a child, Earwig makes herself as unlovable as possible Usually no one looks at her, but then one day a very peculiar couple comes in They are actually quiet scary Earwig swears the man has horns When they pick Earwig, she begs Mrs Brigg s not to make her go because she will miss Custard Earwig has been at the orphanage for her entire life and she is perfectly content staying there forever She is the boss there Her best friend Custard does everything she tells him When people come to pick a child, Earwig makes herself as unlovable as possible Usually no one looks at her, but then one day a very peculiar couple comes in They are actually quiet scary Earwig swears the man has horns When they pick Earwig, she begs Mrs Brigg s not to make her go because she will miss Custard Mrs Briggs assures her she will get to see Custard at school and her new home is right around the corner so she will get to visit When Earwig gets to her new house, it looks normal enough on the outside, but once inside, she realizes her new mother is a witch She is trapped in there The witch wanted Earwig to be her extra set of hands, but Earwig says she isn t going to do anything unless she gets to learn a little magic out of this deal The witch agrees, but soon Earwig realizes her new mother has absolutely no intentions of teaching her cool magic witch tricks With the help of the talking cat, Earwig puts a spell on herself so the witch can never do anything to her, including give her worms To find out if Earwig ever learns magic, read Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones.This book would be appealing to students in grades 4 6 It would be a good book for anyone who likes a little mystery or horror I thought this book was good, but a little scary for younger children The witch is very mean to Earwig and I thought it might be a good book for children who might understand going through something like foster care, but after I read it, I realized it would actually be very scary for a child in that situation This book is about a girl who gets adopted by a witch who is not very nice to her and I wouldn t want children to think that is what it is like after getting adopted It was a spooky but not so spooky story though that would just be a book kids could read for pleasure, especially the imaginative and descriptiveness of the story was appealing.Jones, Diana Wynne, and Paul O Zelinsky Earwig and the witch New York Greenwillow Books, 2012 Print


  5. Linda Bernstein Linda Bernstein says:

    My favorite parts of the newest and perhaps last book from the late Diana Wynne Jones are the illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner Paul O Zelinsky, who also happens to be my husband s first cousin once removed as well as our good friend I do not mention this to be transparent Rather, I brag I love the electricity of the lines, especially the ones that capture Earwig s pigtails I love the expressions of the face made so vivid but a small mark or shading Yes, Paul really did it up a My favorite parts of the newest and perhaps last book from the late Diana Wynne Jones are the illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner Paul O Zelinsky, who also happens to be my husband s first cousin once removed as well as our good friend I do not mention this to be transparent Rather, I brag I love the electricity of the lines, especially the ones that capture Earwig s pigtails I love the expressions of the face made so vivid but a small mark or shading Yes, Paul really did it up again here So, OK, now to the story Everyone who knows children s books loves Diana Wynne Jones, and Earwig and the Witch is charming, funny and even a little scary Just a little Just the right amount for a eight or nine year old reading a chapter book on his own, or the six year old who is making friends with the mysterious heroine in nightly installments Earwig is terrific smart, resourceful, cheerful, loyal, loving, and she appreciates good food She s also wily enough to get those around her to do what she wants and the mean old witch and warlock turn out to be not so horrible after all I am truly sorry there won t be many sequels But my great nieces and nephew can be assured that copies of this wonderful tale for middle readers and even younger kids will be winging their way to them soo


  6. Jennifer Bacall Jennifer Bacall says:

    Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones most known as the author of Howl s Moving Castle and illustrated by Caldecott award winner Paul O Zelinsky is a bouncy mystical read for middle grade children Its timeless in that no pop culture or technologies are referenced yet it reads like an old story partially due to the British food references, pie and chips and language choices, higgledy piggledy.Earwig is a confident and controlling orphan who attempts to avoid adoption because she has c Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones most known as the author of Howl s Moving Castle and illustrated by Caldecott award winner Paul O Zelinsky is a bouncy mystical read for middle grade children Its timeless in that no pop culture or technologies are referenced yet it reads like an old story partially due to the British food references, pie and chips and language choices, higgledy piggledy.Earwig is a confident and controlling orphan who attempts to avoid adoption because she has created a situation of control at her current orphanage One day she is chosen for adoption by a creepy looking couple who bring her to a house where not everything is at it appears Although its a fun read, it isn t a memorable read as the end of the story fumbles to conclusion There is conflict and a bit of resolution but ultimately the ending feels rushed and un fulfilling Diana Wynne Jones was born in 1934 and wrote dozens of book before her death in March of 2011 This title is being released posthumously


  7. Tasha Tasha says:

    3.5 stars


  8. Carrie Carrie says:

    Is it just me or should there be a book 2 Because there are some unanswered things.


  9. Stevie Finegan (SableCaught) Stevie Finegan (SableCaught) says:

    Click to watch my video review Wynne Jones A TributeOn the 26th of March, 2011, Children s Author Diana Wynne Jones died of cancer She d been suffering for a few years but finally passed away after the radiotherapy became to painful for her to continue.I didn t find out about her death until a few months later, and coincidently, as I sat there staring dimly at my computer screen, reading this news for the first time, Earwig and the Witch popped t Click to watch my video review Wynne Jones A TributeOn the 26th of March, 2011, Children s Author Diana Wynne Jones died of cancer She d been suffering for a few years but finally passed away after the radiotherapy became to painful for her to continue.I didn t find out about her death until a few months later, and coincidently, as I sat there staring dimly at my computer screen, reading this news for the first time, Earwig and the Witch popped through my door Thirst for Fiction had sent me the last book Diana Wynne Jones would ever write, just as I found out tit was the last she d written And although I was still reeling from the news of her death, I picked up the book, I read and I laughed.Like it s predecessors Earwig and the Witch is a beautiful, funny and magical tale Young and bossy, Earwig has to leave the orphanage where she s grown up, and her best friend, Custard, to go live with a witch, her familiar and the terrifying Mandrake The Witch adopted Earwig with the idea that she could treat her like a slave and make her clean up after all her spells but Earwig has other ideas This book is definitely aimed at a much lower age than most of her novels If I was shelving it in my store it would probably go in our 8 year old section, but I have never been one to direct my reading according to age classification I hate the division of fiction Yes, younger readers would be able to understand the language in this book, but older readers can still enjoy the story, and stories are what are important I loved the story of Earwig, attempting to preform spells, trying to understand The Mandrake s invisible demons and promising Thomas the cat she d protect him from a plague of worm It s also accompanied by loads of cute little illustrations.Of all Diana Wynne Jones books I think my favourite will always remain Howl s Moving Castle, which was turned into a movie by Ghibli Studios If you ve read any of Diana Wynne Jones books, I d love to know which ones were your favourites, if you haven t yet picked up Earwig and the Witch, really do, it s such a beautiful little story even if it s aimed at young readers If you haven t read any Diana Wynne Jones at all yet she s really worth checking out She s got such a range of amazing stories from Christopher Chant travelling through dreams,, to Vivian Smith being kidnapped from WWII to help keep history on the correct path She has written so many stories I just love.Sad as I am to know she s no longer writing new books, the publication of which I can eagerly await, like JK Rowling says the stories we love best will live in us forever The multitude of beloved characters and amazing lands Diana Wynne Jones has created are waiting for us, accessible at the turn of a page


  10. Barb Middleton Barb Middleton says:

    Fiddle dee dee A nonsense word for a fun nonsense fantasy A name like Earwig sets the tone along with a talking cat, witch, and demons While this book is mildly entertaining and serves a much needed niche for low level fantasy stories, it isn t particularly well done On the plus side, the constant tension in the plot kept me turning the pages and the Mandrake is a somewhat scary monster, but on the negative side, there are no changes within the characters and they remain distant and vaguely Fiddle dee dee A nonsense word for a fun nonsense fantasy A name like Earwig sets the tone along with a talking cat, witch, and demons While this book is mildly entertaining and serves a much needed niche for low level fantasy stories, it isn t particularly well done On the plus side, the constant tension in the plot kept me turning the pages and the Mandrake is a somewhat scary monster, but on the negative side, there are no changes within the characters and they remain distant and vaguely interesting While I liked Earwig s gumption and positive attitude in a grim situation, she never came alive for me I wanted to knowabout the Mandrake and Custard as well The unfinished feel to the plot, the lack of world building, and undeveloped characters kept me from loving this book In the end, I wantedanswers to my questions.Earwig lives in an orphanage with her best friend, Custard A witch and demon come disguised as ordinary people and adopt Earwig so she can help around the house Earwig says she will come willingly if the witch will teach her magic in return for her assistance When, the witch reneges on her promise to teach her magic Earwig is furious and gets back at the witch by learning magic on her own and turning the tables on everyone.I liked some of the unpredictableness of the plot such as with Earwig s spell and the demon s response More often I had questions At first I wasn t sure if Earwig was a bossy brat who just manipulates those around her but later I find she has quite a bit of spirit and her strong personality is likable When Earwig is left at the orphanage, it is implied that her mom is a witch but no powers are manifested in Earwig and we really don t know if Earwig is a witch because she doesn t do anything magical she only follows a spell in a recipe type book The witch who has adopted Earwig, makes spells for clients but it isn t elaborated on who they are or what the spells do we only know that the clients are called, Friends of the Earth and Mother s Union This made me wonder exactly what type of the world the characters live in and I wantedworld building I m not sure why Custard is introduced in Chapter 1 and then never makes another appearance in the novel It seems like he should have reappeared and interacted with Earwig at another point in the plot.Diana Wynne Jones died last March and this is the last book she wrote It seems like an unfinished draft particularly the puzzling epilogue that launches itself way forward in time It felt as if the author was saying, Okay, I don t have time to finish this so we will hash out in one paragraph everything that happened to Earwig My guess is she wasn t able to properly edit it Even with flaws, it is entertaining and is going to fill a need for emerging readers who like fantasy books.Reading Level 5.4 too high


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