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Happy Birthday, Winnie!

Our top 10 unforgettable Winnie and Wilbur moments

Friday 13 October 2017 marked the 30th birthday of our favourite witch Winnie and her loyal sidekick Wilbur!

Over the past 30 years the Winnie and Wilbur series by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul has sold over seven million copies in more than 10 languages. This year, Winnie and Wilbur have been the stars of a stage show at the Birmingham Rep and have had their TV animation debut on Channel 5’s popular Milkshake (voiced by Katy Brand and Bill Bailey). To celebrate, Helen Mortimer, Senior Commissioning Editor for Children’s Books and longstanding Winnie and Wilbur editor, has chosen 10 unforgettable moments from the series…

Winnie’s Top Five Moments

1. Top of Winnie’s list is the moment when Wilbur comes back down from the top of the tallest tree in Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie the Witch. Wilbur is Winnie’s most favourite cat in the whole world and she really doesn’t know what she’d do without him. So when she is reunited with him she is hugely happy. You can see it in her outstretched arms, just waiting to fold Wilbur into a great big hug and in her smile!

Winnie loves Wilbur
Illustration from Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie the Witch Buy on Amazon

2. Being captain of a pirate ship is a pretty awesome thing and Winnie’s a natural – she’s commanding and bold and looks great in a pair of stripy pantaloons!

Winnie with pirates
Illustration from Winnie and Wilbur:The Pirate Adventure Buy on Amazon

3. Now Winnie’s a witch who likes her food. She loves her veggies and it’s her healthy diet that keeps her looking so young and trim! Here is she is tucking into a tasty plate of greens in Winnie and Wilbur: The Amazing Pumpkin!

Winnie eating
Illustration from Winnie and Wilbur: The Amazing Pumpkin Buy on Amazon

4. Winnie will never forget the time she went into space. (Wilbur won’t forget it in a hurry either, though he didn’t enjoy it quite so much!)

Winnie and Wilbur in space
Illustration from Winnie and Wilbur in Space Buy on Amazon

5. Sometimes it’s life’s little pleasures that provide the most magical moments, like looking at creepy crawlies in a museum.

Winnie looks at creepy crawlies
Illustration from Winnie and Wilbur: The Dinosaur Day Buy on Amazon

Wilbur’s Top Five Moments

1. Eating his own body weight in cheesecake at Winnie’s birthday party. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

Wilbur eating
Illustration from Winnie and Wilbur: Happy Birthday Winnie Buy on Amazon

2. Being a total hero – when Wilbur finds a replacement wand for Winnie just in time for the Witches’ Magic Show.

Winnie and the magic wand
Illustration from Winnie and Wilbur: The Magic Wand Buy on Amazon

3. Chilling in Winnie’s garden in the sunshine, when all around it’s chilly winter!

Wilbur and Winnie chilling
Illustration from Winnie and Wilbur in Winter Buy on Amazon

4. Playing chase. In the middle of the night. With a baby dragon!

Wilbur and the midnight dragon
Illustration from Winnie and Wilbur: The Midnight Dragon Buy on Amazon

5. Sleeping. Wilbur does A LOT of sleeping.

Wilbur sleeping

Winnie and Wilbur books

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Winnie the Witch Haunted House

Free eBook: Happy Birthday Winnie

Valerie Thomas, Korky Paul

Abracadabra! Everything is ready for a fabulous birthday. But when the party’s in full swing, Winnie toots her new trumpet… and everyone disappears! Without any guests, how can the party go on? Will Winnie and Wilbur find a way to bring their friends back to enjoy Winnie’s spectacular edible surprise?

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Winnie the Witch Haunted House

Picture books for 0 – 5 year olds

Chock full of funny detail and crazy goings-on, these full colour picture books are just magic.

Winnie Goes for Gold

Young Fiction for 5 – 7 year olds

Perfect for older Winnie fans to enjoy, these spellbinding chapter books will encourage early readers to develop their skills.

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