Book Review: Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones


#37 – “Earwig & the Witch” by Diana Wynne Jones

Earwig + the Witch by DWJGenre: Fantasy/Children’s

Page Numbers: 119pages

Dates Read: 9/14/13

Plot in three lines or less: Earwig would much rather stay where she is, thank you very much, because everyone there does exactly what she wants. But then a strange couple comes and decides to adopt her. This couple might have been able to fool everyone at the orphanage, but Earwig can see that something is different about them, which just might make for an unpleasant surprise for her. But then again, she has some surprises for them up her sleeve as well.

New read or re-read? New read for me.

Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably wouldn’t read it again, even though it was enjoyable to read one through. I would recommend others reading it at least once, so borrow it from a friend or your local library.

Was it easy to read? Yes, it was very easy to read. I read it in less than an hour.

Can you relate to anything within the story? Not really. It was just an enjoyable and quick for me that helped me forget about everything for awhile.

Favorite Character(s): Thomas the cat (of course!) and Custard, Earwig’s friend at the orphanage. Cats generally have so much personality I can’t help but like them. And we barely get to see Custard, but he seems like such a cute boy, and you really hope that someone will eventually adopt him.

Is there anything else you would like to add? I borrowed this book from the library after a lengthy discussion with one of my best friends about all things Diana Wynne Jones (told you I went on a kick!). I had to drop off other books to the library and made the mistake of looking at the DWJ section. I ended up taking 13 DWJ books out, in addition to two more. Anyone else have this problem? I do this quite often; my appetite for reading books is often larger than the amount of time I can usually find to actually read them.

I justified taking as many books out as I did because the public library system around where I live allows for us to check out books up to 12 weeks at a time, so long as there are no pending holds or requests on any of the books. I don’t know why I thought I could read 15 books in 12 weeks, but I did.

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