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Winnie Flies Again - Valerie Thomas
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Winnie Flies Again - Valerie Thomas
Advantages: Lovely picture book
Another book in the Winnie the Witch series… Winnie the Witch, this one, and Winnie in Winter - just as good as the others, and another of my favourites.
"Winnie the witch always travelled by broomstick.
It was a wonderful way to travel"
There they are, Winnie on her broomstick, with her faithful cat, Wilbur, on her shoulder. They like this mode of travel because there are no traffic jams just the empty sky. We can see the traffic jams beneath Winnie; nose to tail cars, just like my journey to work every day, I think I need a broomstick.
However, there is no stopping progress and recently, the sky has become crowded with aeroplanes and helicopters, all manner of flying things, causing Wilbur to lose a couple of whiskers and Winnie to cling desperately to the side of a helicopter she had not seen. Winnie crashed into a hang glider and then crashed into a large building which "suddenly got in her way" In each of these accidents poor Wilbur is hurt and Winnie is left with her pride in tatters, but, surprisingly, not her trusty brromstick.
Winnie decides that the sky is too dangerous and promises Wilbur that something would be done.
What's going to happen?
Winnie's broomstick is changed into a bicycle, but pedaling was too hard, so…
Winnie tried several methods of travel but none of them was easier or better than flying on her broomstick. Even riding on the back of a horse which had seemed the most promising proved too hazardous when Winnie didn't see a low over hanging branch!
As Winnie and Wilbur are slowly limping along the road, Winnie stumbled over a hole and fell deep down under the ground. Poor Winnie, she walks into a shop and meets a shop keeper holding cards of spectacles and a rather fabulous looking pirate. Her request for "a cup of tea and a muffin…And a saucer of milk for my cat" is met with the response that those are not sold in the shop, but the shop keeper thinks she can help Winnie.
Winnie is sold a pair of spectacles.
Problem solved! Now Winnie and Wilbur can travel everywhere on the broomstick and it's a wonderful way to travel.
In typical Korky Paul style, these pictures are colourful and "busy" with lots and lots of detail for children to talk about.
One of the things I like in this book is the endpapers which, as stated, are drawn by a child aged 7 ¼ , who is given credit for the fact. The pictures look like crayon on black or one of the wax drawings. This is a great starting point for children- ask them to draw their own Winnie the Witch, or indeed their own witch, with any name they see fit.
Winnie's broomstick is a marvelous contraption. She rides it as she would a horse- there is her whip in her hand and her feet are in stirrups. She sits on a bicycle seat and there are lights on the front. Once again, an immediate talking point for children; ask them to design their own broomstick and compare with the broomstick in "Room on The Broom" by Julia Donaldson.
Throughout the book, the expressions on the faces of the characters are very detailed and show exactly how they are feeling. We like to look at the faces of the people in the helicopter when Winnie crashes into it and look at the expression on the face of the man flying the hang glider- total shock. Then of course, there is the disgruntled Winnie when she falls off her broomstick or crashes into the building.
The illustrations create a visual backdrop for the text and are either landscape or portrait but usually double page spread unless the illustrator wants to show events happening in quick succession and then there are a series of 3 pictures to the double page spread.
**PUBLISHER AND OTHER INFORMATION**
Published by: Oxford University Press, 1999
Price: Try www.amazon.co.uk for some good prices
**OTHER BOOKS ILLUSTRATED BY KORKY PAUL**
If you have the book and enjoyed the illustrations, have a look for these books…
Winnie the Witch
Call Me Sam
The Cat That Scratched
The Dog That Dug
The Duck That Had No Luck
The Wonky Donkey
Has a lot of information on all of the books he has illustrated- I didn't know there were so many.
Plus, if you are interested, there is information on the author.
I have been reading this book to Primary school children since it was first published and now read it to little lady. If children have already been introduced to the antics of Winnie and Wilbur, then they are more than ready to "see what happens next".
There is very little text to read so it never becomes tedious, but with the colourful and detailed illustrations, just flows along easily.
There is a real comic aspect to the text and the pictures which children quickly pick up on and they delight in looking for new things in the pictures- there is always something new to find
I would always read Winnie the Witch first, not necessarily because there is an order to the books (there isn't) but to introduce children to the style of story and to the main characters.
It's a great book and always encourages lots of discussion. If you and your little ones enjoy it, try Winnie in Winter.
If you are looking for books to interest and delight children, this is a great place to start.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Great story book with excellent illustrations