Abracadabra, it’s Winnie the Witch & Wilbur!


Winnie and Wilbur © Valerie Thomas, Illustrated by Korky Paul

It’s almost Halloween and a few of the children have taken on a new obsession with characters from the Winnie and Wilbur (Winnie the Witch) books. The book series was written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul -very beautifully illustrated by him. It follows this well-intentioned (and sometimes a bit clumsy) witch named Winnie and her best friend -who is also her cat- Wilbur, as they go on adventures, get into trouble and navigate their magical world together. She gets herself into even worse mischief by waving her wand and casting a spell, “Aabracadabra!” and then trying to fix whatever she was fixing the first time around. My kids at school laugh and laugh at Winnie and Wilbur.

I was thinking that this would be a great and whimsical book for my niece back in the states. I’m really excited to get a copy and bring it home to her and to try to hopefully have some time to read it to her!

I have grown quite fond of the book!!! There was a good month and a half when a handful of the kids had me reading all of the Winnie the Witch books we had at the school every single day, and multiple times a day. I may have almost gone a bit crazy…but hey, the things we do for the students we love.

I didn’t know but Winnie (and Wilbur) have gone on many adventures throughout the years, here’s a list of all of them:

  • 1987 Winnie The Witch
  • 1996 Winnie in Winter
  • 1999 Winnie Flies Again
  • 2002 Winnie’s Magic Wand
  • 2003 Winnie’s New Computer
  • 2005 Winnie at the Seaside
  • 2006 Winnie’s Midnight Dragon
  • 2007 Happy Birthday, Winnie
  • 2008 Winnie’s Flying Carpet
  • 2009 Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin
  • 2010 Winnie in Space
  • 2011 Winnie Under the Sea
  • 2012 Winnie’s Dinosaur Day
  • 2013 Winnie`s Pirate Adventure
  • 2014 Winnie`s Big Bad Robot
  • 2015 Winnie’s Haunted House
  • 2016 Winnie & Wilbur Meet Santa
  • 2017 Winnie & Wilbur and the Naughty Knight

Through my Google searching, I also discovered that you can even host a Winnie Party for your students, children, nieces, nephews and neighbors or friends kids! Hopefully I’ll remember this if I ever have kids of my own.

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