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Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch

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When a fearless young orphan 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! In the ensuing chaos, Earwig breaks into Mandrake's room and discovers he and Bella Yaga were members of the band Earwig. This short novel is crammed full of great vocabulary, plenty of gaps in the meaning and enough for a reader to sleuth through whilst maintaining a tidy pace and highly memorable cast of characters. It's probably for the youngest audience of all of her books besides a 1992 picture book and a handful of short stories.

The original voice cast includes Shinobu Terajima, Etsushi Toyokawa, Gaku Hamada, and Kokoro Hirasawa. 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!Its timeless in that no pop culture or technologies are referenced yet it reads like an old story partially due to the British food references, (pie and chips) and language choices, (higgledy-piggledy). I can’t help but think this was the seed of an entire novel and Diana Wynne Jones simply knew she’d never get to finish it. Jones started writing during the mid-1960s "mostly to keep my sanity", when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college. Earwig has been at the orphanage for her entire life and she is perfectly content staying there forever. DIANA WYNNE JONES was born in August 1934 in London, where she had a chaotic and unsettled childhood against the background of World War II.

Charmed Life', the first book in the Chrestomanci series, won the 1977 Guardian Award for Children's Books. Jones' books range from amusing slapstick situations to sharp social observation (Changeover is both), to witty parody of literary forms. 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.

This film left me with so many questions and unfortunately like you say the book was rushed because of the author's circumstances. Like the TARDIS in Doctor Who, rooms can be bigger on the inside, and don't follow the laws of physics. My favourite part is the funniest part, when two hands grow on the witch one on the face and one on the bum. Bella Yaga has purple lipstick on "raggety, ribby" face, big red hat, bright green sweater, brown tweed suit, and sky-blue high-heeled boots p17; in a rage, her brown eye turns up, blue eye down. Children's books can go as fantastical and high magic as they wish, but children care about logic, and the setup just does not work.

Diane Wynne Jones describes a skinny girl whose two bunches stick out just like her elbows: 'She has pointy-out teeth and looks a bit funny but she's pretty cool because she always has a plan' (Maisy). The last thing she wants is to be adopted by the very strange Bella Yaga, demon-attended Mandrake, and talking black cat Thomas. There are also some unresolved lines the note her parents left her with in the orphanage, but that makes sense considering this was Jones' last work if I'm not mistaken. Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie (née Jackson) and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers. felt a little queer coded and I just wanted to read about them being a happy weird family, instead of them being pointlessly mean to each other.

Attended by tame hoof-tail demons who fetch his desired menu, never anger Mandrake, or he stretches taller, thinner, "alight with black fire", eyes "red pits of rage", dark fire streams back from horns on his head, his huge clawed feet leave "smoking holes in the floor" p129. The minute Earwig walks into the witch's home her whole life changes from getting whatever she wanted to being a slave for an ugly old witch. It was like she really wasn't trying, but then she died the year this was published, so we don't know when she started it, or if it was a rough draft the publishers rushed out after she died to cash in.



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