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My Unwilling Witch Goes to Ballet School (Rumblewicks's Diary Series #1)

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Rumblewick is a highly qualified right hand cat to the most unwilling witch in the kingdom. He's contractually bound to shape her into the most well-rounded, disgustingly terrible witch she can be, but unfortunately, Haggy would much rather be a normal little girl than do things like boil frogs and frighten children. Poor Rumblewick! Haggy's antics keep him on his toes, endlessly dodging the wrath of the Hags on High.

Here's the latest problem: Haggy Aggy wants to go to ballet ...

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My Unwilling Witch Goes to Ballet School (Rumblewicks's Diary Series #1)

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Overview

Rumblewick is a highly qualified right hand cat to the most unwilling witch in the kingdom. He's contractually bound to shape her into the most well-rounded, disgustingly terrible witch she can be, but unfortunately, Haggy would much rather be a normal little girl than do things like boil frogs and frighten children. Poor Rumblewick! Haggy's antics keep him on his toes, endlessly dodging the wrath of the Hags on High.

Here's the latest problem: Haggy Aggy wants to go to ballet school! She wants ballet shoes, a lovely pink tutu, and to be a star! That certainly isn't what a witch who WANTS to be a witch does, is it? Through humorously illustrated diary entries that are perfect for emerging readers, Rumblewick details life with Haggy, the loveable witch who just can't get with it!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jody Little
Rumblewick the cat, known as RB for short, is assigned to be the companion to the young witch Hagatha Agatha, HA for short. HA is an unwilling witch, which makes RB's job quite difficult. She does not like to wear the required black. She does not like broomsticks, and she certainly does not like making witch potions, particularly those with live ingredients. When HA decides that she wants to go to ballet school, Rumblewick knows that he must talk her out of it. He cannot let the High Hags know that HA is wearing frilly pink clothes and making friends with the other ballerinas or he will be hung over a caldron until his fur boils. When the High Hags tell Rumblewick that they will be visiting the ballet school to find out what HA is doing, Rumblewick comes up with a plan. He must get HA to scare the other ballerinas to prove she is a real witch. HA, however, refuses to scare her new friends. Luckily and unbeknownst to Rumblewick, the ballet instructors help him. They show HA her new costume, a dress made of rags. The sight of this horrible dress puts HA into a rage, bringing out her witch side just in time for the High Hags to see. The funny antics of Rumblewick and Hagatha Agatha, combined with darling illustrations, make this a unique, early chapter book. The author includes a chart of witch and ballet terms and a funny question/answer section with Rumblewick the cat. Reviewer: Jody Little
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Haggy Aggy would prefer to be human, much to the chagrin of her cat, Rumblewick. She would rather spend her time doing "Othersider" things, like taking ballet, going to gym class, and having sleepovers with friends. Rumblewick does his best to get her to do her witchly duties to please the High Hags and witch society. The books are a diary of his misadventures and near-misses with disaster. Haggy Aggy uses magic to help her pass as human, and the books include a few of her spells to help improve her dance and gymnastic skills. They also have a lot of full-page cartoon illustrations and spot art that will appeal to children, especially reluctant readers. There are a few difficult vocabulary words throughout the texts, but the stories are frothy and funny. Quick, lighthearted reads.—Jane Cronkhite, San Jose Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316034722
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Rumblewick's Diary Series , #1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,342,053
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: NC890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Hiawyn Oram is a very successful author of children's books in Britain. Her books include the popular Not-So-Grizzly Bear Stories, the Animal Heroes series, and Mona the Vampire. She lives in London.


Sarah Warburton studied art at Bangor, North Wales. She has illustrated Tilly and the Wild Goats and the Happy Ever After series for Orchard Books, and she lives in Bristol, England.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for Teens Read Too

    Haggy Aggy is horrible at being a witch. She would rather be around humans, much to the chagrin of her familiar, Rumblewick. Using her magical abilities to be better at ballet and gymnastics, her use of magic keeps getting her noticed by the High Hags and the witch society. The problem is, these witches expect Rumblewick to teach Haggy Aggy how to be the most well-rounded, disgustingly terrible witch she can be. Will Rumblewick be able to keep Haggy's human obsession a secret? A cute, quick tale for reluctant readers. The characters are likable and fun to read about in this book and the others that follow in the series, even the High Hags and the witch society. Those who like fantasy, witches, and realistic fiction will enjoy reading MY UNWILLING WITCH GOES TO BALLET SCHOOL.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    I could not put the spectacular book down

    this book is a book that once i was finshed i so had my friend read it. if you like fansty and good laughs i know you will love this book. there is a 2# coming soon.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 9, 2013

    How many

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Awesome :3

    This was a very good book i hav read all the other books too their fab and are superb if u dont like this book and series then i hav to say im sorry there is something majorly wrong with u...............-BOOKWORM

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