Earwig and the Witch (Hardcover)
After leaving the orphanage where she was able to control everyone, Earwig faces different circumstances when she lives with a witch and a devil. Black-and-white drawings. (8-10)
— From Fantasy
"I would like to declare Diana Wynne Jones an international treasure," proclaimed Neil Gaiman, Newbery Medalist and best-selling author. In this enchanting introduction to Diana Wynne Jones's magical and funny work, Earwig is a fearless young orphan. When she finds herself in a house of dark magic, she does whatever she can to adapt—especially if it means that she'll learn a little magic herself! A young middle grade novel by World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement‒winner Diana Wynne Jones, beautifully illustrated in black and white by Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky.
Not every orphan would love living at St. Morwald's Home for Children, but Earwig does. She gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it, and it's been that way since she was dropped on the orphanage doorstep as a baby. But all that changes the day Bella Yaga and the Mandrake come to St. Morwald's, disguised as foster parents. Earwig is whisked off to their mysterious house full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner. Most children would run in terror from a house like that . . . but not Earwig. Using her own cleverness—with a lot of help from a talking cat—she decides to show the witch who's boss.
“This funny story updates fairy tale conventions while highlighting Jones’s subversive wit and her firm belief that children can control their own lives. … A fine introduction to the late author’s more complex YA novels.”
“Earwig is a plucky, bossy heroine, and the story is packed with with and humor. Zelinsky’s illustrations enhance this imaginative tale.”
“Readers are treated to a nonstop plot, memorable characters, and signature DWJ touches … An accessible page design incorporates Zelinsky’s plentiful line illustrations, the best of which are showstoppers.”
“A refreshing change of pace for young fantasy fans.”
“Jones brings her characteristic witty humor and rich imagination to a whimsical chapter book that would undoubtedly delight as a readaloud. Stubborn and mischievous, Earwig is a likable, albeit irascible, heroine, and her triumph at the witch’s expense will elicit plenty of cheerful howls.”
“With this enthralling book, Jones proves that she is still at the top of her game.”
“[A] joyfully chaotic tale.”