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Happy Birthday Winnie! by Valerie Thomas

Happy Birthday Winnie!

by Valerie Thomas

Other authors: Korky Paul (Illustrator)

Series: Winnie the Witch (8)

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Winnie the witch decides to throw a huge birthday celebration for herself - on Friday the 13th, of course! - in this eighth picture-book devoted to her doings. Inviting all of her witchy relatives and friends, from Aunty Alice to Cousin Cuthbert, not to mention her sisters Wanda, Wilma and Wendy, Winnie keeps busy making herself a party frock, and preparing food for the big day. A wave of the wand takes care of her garden, now equipped with a pavilion, a hedge-maze, and a bouncy-castle, and Winnie is prepared to greet her guests. A day of fun and games commences, but when Winnie blows her new magic bugle, she finds that everyone has disappeared! Can she bring them back...?

As with other entries in Australian author Valerie Thomas and British illustrator Korky Paul's series about this winsome witch, Happy Birthday, Winnie! was a winner, boasting an engagingly magical tale, and colourful artwork whose appeal lies as much in the many zany details as in the overall energy and sense of fun. I appreciated the fact that we get to meet Winnie's family in this instalment, as many of the previous adventures show Winnie on her own - or rather, with her faithful cat, Wilbur - rather than as part of a larger magical community. As a girl, I would have adored these books, and would have spent hours poring over the illustrations. Winnie's 'house' is revealed as an immense mansion here, and I would have had fun imagining all the magical things that it must contain. Like previous Winnie the Witch books, the endpaper illustrations were supplied by child fans - two seven-year-olds from an infant school in Derbyshire - and that only adds to my appreciation for this child-friendly series. Unlike previous titles, here we have a fold-out page toward the end, in which Winnie's MASSIVE birthday cake, with many different layers, is revealed. That too adds to the fun! All in all, it's another winning entry in an entertaining series - I look forward to reading the rest of Winnie's adventures! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Mar 14, 2015 |
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It's Winnie's birthday and she's celebrating in style with a garden party. She uses all sorts of magic to invite the guests and transform her garden into the perfect party venue. There are presents to unwrap and games to play but then things start to go wrong when Winnie toots on the magic trumpet that cousin Cuthbert has given her. All her guests disappear! Winnie's party is suddenly in danger of being a rather bothersome occasion but, true to form, Winnie soon has everything back under control and she ends the party with a stunning edible surprise for all her guests to enjoy.

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It's Winnie's birthday and she's celebrating in style with a garden party. She uses her magic to invite guests and transform her garden. Things start to go wrong when Winnie toots on the magic trumpet that cousin Cuthbert gives her, but she soon has everything back to normal and ends the party with an edible suprise for her guests.… (more)

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