Not Just a Witch

Not Just a Witch

by Eva Ibbotson, Alex T. Smith

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With a beautiful cover illustration by Alex T. Smith, creator of the Claude series, Not Just A Witch is a wonderfully spooky young fiction title from the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson.

'I want you to change the next wicked person you see into a tiger,' demanded Lionel. 'A very large tiger.'

Heckie is not just a witch – she's an animal witch, who wants to make the world a better place by transforming evil people into harmless animals, using her incredible Toe of Transformation and her awesome Knuckle of Power. But when slimy Lionel Knapsack charms Heckie, her magic begins to take a darker direction. Her friends, including a cheese wizard and a boy called Daniel, must come to the rescue . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780330477727
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 09/04/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 519 KB
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

About the Author

Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Journey to the River Sea won the Nestlé Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Some of her other young fiction titles include The Secret of Platform 13, Which Witch? and The Great Ghost Rescue. Eva died peacefully in October 2010 at the age of eighty-five.
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna in 1925 and moved to England with her father when the Nazis came into power. Ibbotson wrote more than twenty books for children and young adults, many of which garnered nominations for major awards for children's literature in the UK, including the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and the Whitbread Prize. Eva's critically acclaimed Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Gold Medal in 2001. Set in the Amazon, it was written in honour of her deceased husband Alan, a former naturalist. Imaginative and humorous, Eva's books often convey her love of nature, in particular the Austrian countryside, which is evident in works such as The Star Of Kazan and A Song For Summer. Eva passed away at her home in Newcastle on October 20th 2010. Her final book, One Dog and His Boy, was published in May 2011.

Alex T. Smith has drawn and written stories since he could hold a pencil. After considering several career options (space traveller, cake maker, professional rabbit), Alex decided to train to do the job he’d wanted to do since he was five – an illustrator specializing in the world of children’s publishing.

Alex graduated with a first-class degree in Illustration in 2006 and also won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in his final year. Since then Alex has gone on to work for a wide variety of clients, not just in the publishing industry, as well as writing and illustrating his own picture books, many of which have won prizes and have been read on TV during the Bedtime Hour on the CBeebies channel. Alex is also the creator of the bestselling Claude series for early readers, now an animated TV series on Disney Junior. His wonderful Christmas adventure How Winston Delivered Christmas is his first title for Macmillan.

When not working, Alex enjoys doodling in his sketchbook, reading, people-watching and eavesdropping. He is also a big fan of cake and a nice cup of tea. He lives with and under the constant ‘supervision’ of his canine companions in Warwickshire.

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The fast-moving plot, sympathetic characters, and moments of humor keep the story humming along to its satisfying conclusion. (Booklist)


The fast-moving plot, sympathetic characters, and moments of humor keep the story humming along to its satisfying conclusion. (Booklist)

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Not Just a Witch 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ASBiskey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the poorest work by Ibbotson that I have read. Her writing can be so enjoyable, that this book was a big disapointment A who cares plot and lackluster characters sink this from the beginning. I never found myself caring for any of the characters. The witches have their powers but no personality. The villians came from Bad Guys-R-Us. The mortal children don't do anything to forward the story. Even the fantastic familiar the witch creates is not to fantastic. An all around poor showing.
stieglitzcnewaccount on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a witch named Heckie who has the abiltiy to change people into animals. With the help of a child named Daniel, her familiar and a group of witchs and wizards in her town, she decides to rid the town of any evil people by turning them into animals. I really enjoyed this book. I found the plot of the story to be very creative and i liked the way the story flowed. The characters were very funny and i liked how some of the characters developed as the story went on.
lisa211 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must admit, the reason why I found myself being attracted to this book was the illustration on the front cover. Who wouldn't be curious about somebody carrying a dressed pig?The story is about two witches, Dora and Heckie, who happened to be bestfriends since they attended the school of magic, only to fall out over a pair of identical hats, (which are made from real live snakes). Nevertheless, both of these witches continue trying to go good in the world by punishing bad people. The plots are fast moving but leaning more to the adventures of Heckie, who has this wonderful dragworm as a familiar and young children as friends, one particularly she loved dearly as he was her very own son. As much as the characters grabbed you in their fast moving plots, I rather find it pretty short. The last plot was kind of catchy and full of suspense, since it involved a man named Lionel Knacksap, who exploited Heckie into doing whatever he wanted her to do, you would pretty much would like to read the ending for this particular plot. However, I pretty much enjoy the book as something to past the time with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wellbridge is the type of town that has good, bad, rich, selfish, and unselfish people. Did I include witches? Heckie is a tall, thin witch. She is an animal witch, which is the type of witch that can turn people into animals. Even when she was a baby she could give you black fur! When Heckie was a child she was enrolled in a school for witches--good witches. She there befriended a girl called Dora. Dora could turn anything into stone. She is short and tough. She was also the champion at netball. Graduation came and these witches moved to different places. Heckie moved to Wellbridge and befriended a boy, Daniel. He was the first one to know that Heckie was a witch. She meant to do well, to make the world a better place.
I loved this book! It was both hilarious and crazy at the same time! It reminded me of Roald Dahl¿s book The Witches. The Witches was the exact opposite, because in The Witches, the witches want to turn every child in London into a mouse! The witches in Not Just a Witch are thoughtful and kind. This book is a wonderful story of friendship and selflessness. I would definitely recommend this book to grades 4 and up.
Some of Ms.Ibbotson¿s marvelous books include: Island of the Aunts, The Secret of Platform 13, Which Witch, Dragonfly Pool, and Not Just a Witch. I¿m in the middle of Dragonfly Pool and it is my absolute favorite book so far!
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, Austria in 1922. She has three sons and one daughter. As you can see, I really, really love Eva Ibbotson¿s books. They are very fun and exciting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definintely recommended for people who are commited with humor and fantasies. A particular quote that caught my eye was, 'They were powerless.' I think that it was a very gripping quote. It was said when Hectate and her friend, Dora (who is a witch who can turn anything into stone), were unable to use their magic. It explains what they felt in one phrase. One of the high points in the book was when the dragworm (half dragon, half worm) that Hectate created started talking to her. She had thought that he was unable to talk, but found out later on in the book, that he was able to talk. This was very unexpected, yet a scream, because Hectate nearly jumped out of her skin when she saw- or heard- the dragworm talk to her. Also, another high point of the book was when Hectate's witch friends thrusted massive vegetables onto the demented Lionel Knacksap's head. Frieda Fennel was the witch who was able to grow vegetables and make them into an unnatural size. I thought that this book was a four because even though the fact that Hectate used her toe and knuckle to cast magic spells was cool, it was still sort of gross. On the cover of the book, it showed her big toe glowing, but it was also blood red. That was a very disgusting sight to see... But besides that disturbing fact, the book, overall, was pretty good. It had bits of humor in it, and I couldn't put it down, eager to read what happened next. The book was very amusing and unexpected. Not Just a Witch has a very good plot, and is truly a sensational book. i recommand this book for anyone who is interested in witches with a bit of humor thrown in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eva Ibbotson has a tendency to overdue the plots in her books. However, in this book that has vanished, and been replaced with a plot that dosen't overdue things, but still keeps readers hanging. Funny and interresting. A very good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eva Ibbotson has hit a home run with Not Just A Witch. The characters are laugh out loud funny and leave a lasting impression on the reader. The mystery is a never ending surprise and students love to guess what is coming next. My 5th grade classroom has chosen this their favorite read -a loud of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the style of Eva Ibbotson, and so do my students. They love when I read these stories out loud to them. I think these tales are enjoyable for adults and children alike. This story is similar to Which Witch, in that there are good witches who are trying to do good things, and mayhem is the result. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves magical tales!