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When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim's shed to tell her she's a witch, Tiga doesn't believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars - the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City.

Filled with silly spells, delectable dresses, ridiculous riddles and a serious shoe problem, Witch Wars is a witch story like no other. Although if you enjoyed The Worst Witch, you'll love this too!

Witch Wars Reviews | Toppsta

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This is Book 1 in the Witch Wars Series. See all Witch Wars books here.

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10th October '16
Sparkles read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Witch Wars 9781408852651
5 stars
There is a magical world, full of witches and fairies through the drainpipes! When Tiga finds herself in Ritzy City, part of that magical world, she finds out that she is a witch and has to compete in the Witch Wars challenge! 
I love this series! Tiga and Peggy and all the rest of the characters are all different and lots of fun! Laughing is one of my favourite things to do, and this book made me laugh a lot! 
This story is a thrilling otherworldly adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat!
Sibeal Pounder is my favourite author and the illustrator is amazing too! ( she illustrates the Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella series too!)
28th January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Witch Wars 9781408852651
5 stars
Great book. A great mix of adventure and friendship. I think this would be brilliant book for 8-12 years old. Great illustrations as well. 
29th January '19
Madmoo read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Witch Wars 9781408852651
5 stars
This book was so good. I love books about witches anyway but I found this one really entertaining and it made me laugh too which made it even better to read. I have recommended it to all my friends and they want to read it now too.
25th February '19
I read it to Sunshine aged 8 aged 8
Witch Wars 9781408852651
4 stars
I read this to an 8 year old. The 8 year old loved it & was always eager to have read the next chapter. She liked the illustrations, the funny named characters & all the places. She guessed who might win from the beginning as the story depicted this from the start. 
As the adult reading i thought it was almost too predictable, even though there is a twist at the end. Took too long to describe all the characters & not enough on the race. it didn't grip us till the last few characters which was a shame as it could have done a lot sooner. I wasn't encouraged to read the other ones in the series.
5th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Witch Wars 9781408852651
4 stars
What a fab book! Really pleased I snaffled this before putting it on the classroom bookshelf. My Y3 girls are going to love it. A clever storyline too. I love the little touches, random asides and throwaway remarks that help explain why witches in Sinkville look different to those above the pipes! Very well done.
4th February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Witch Wars 9781408852651
4 stars
Witch Wars is a fabulous feast of a book - The Worst Witch meets Mr Gum with an added sprinkling of sassiness on top!

Following the adventures of Tiga Whicabim as she journeys down the plughole to the witches' realm, Sinkville, makes friends (and enemies) and participates in Witch Wars, the characters and locations grab you immediately and never let go in a roller-coaster ride of magic and mayhem (just like the one at Pearl Peak). 

Sibeal Pounder is an excellent writer, the plot zips along and the descriptions are sweet and succinct - you can so easily picture Mrs Heks from these few words "a terrible old woman with a grim face and size eleven shoes". Sinkville is a fully realised self-contained world, the many characters and locations providing fertile ground for a whole host of stories to come featuring Tiga and the rest of the gang.  My favourite character is the irrepressibly madcap-yet-cheerful Peggy, with mean-girl extraordinaire, Felicity Bat, a close second. Despite being a monochrome world, you couldn't get a more colourful collection of personalities than this.

Witch Wars is perfect for 7-9 year olds ready to make the move from Early Readers to something more substantial. The short chapters and regular hilarious illustrations help keep the story accessible and appealing. And who can resist a world where shoes can instantly be turned into luxury camping accommodation, slugs wear wigs and the best beauty treatment involves being swallowed by a fish?
18th January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Witch Wars 9781408852651
3 stars
I really struggled with this book. Many characters were introduced early on with many short descriptions. Maybe if I had read any of the previous books in the series I would be familiar with the characters if they had been introduced in the earlier books. This is definitely a fantasy story about mermaids and witches so maybe mermaid fans of this series would like this book. If any age range would be interested they would be around 6 to 8.
11th February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Witch Wars 9781408852651
3 stars
I won a copy of this book on Toppsta to read and review.
Tiga Whicabim is nine years old and lives the miserable Miss Hek who refers to her as brat and serves her cheese water for her tea. She spends most of her time in the garden shed on her own, until she meets Fran, the Fabulous Fairy who attempts to tell Tiga that she is a witch.
Tiga of course protests and tells Fran she isn’t a witch and has no desire to be one either. Fran tells her she needs to go down the plug hole where all pipes lead to Sinkville where all the witches live. Once she lands in Ritzy City she is made to compete in Witch Wars which long ago used to involve killing but now is a televised scavenger hunt, the top prize being Top Witch and ruling Ritzy City.
Everything about this story is fun Fran is a little Fairy with a huge personality, I loved some of the names in this story like Peggy Pigwiggle who becomes Tigas friend. The story is unique in the fact that there are no male characters so girls rule this story. The illustrations in this book are of equal fun and tie in pretty well with this quirky little read. 
Any girl 7 and over will love this book either read to them or older girls reading it by themselves. 
I’m sure the rest of the books are equally funny and good.
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Sibeal Pounder used to work for the Financial Times, where she researched the How To Spend It section and wrote the For Goodness' Sake column - interviewing everyone from Veronica Etro to Vivienne Westwood. Now she writes about fabulous witches and bad mermaids in her two much loved series for Bloomsbury. Sibeal's first book, Witch Wars, was shortlisted for...

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