Witch in Training

By Michelle Robinson
Illustrated by Briony May Smith

Think that being a witch is just about pointy hats, relaxing broomstick rides, and gathering around the steamy cauldron singing spooky songs? Well, think again.

Betty is brewing her first ever potion! And potions need ingredients – ingredients that can only be found in the WILD. So Betty, with her mum by her side, soars off into the magical, moonlight night to bravely gather her wicked and wonderful supplies: vampire fangs, fairy dust, werewolf whiskers, and more. The only problem is, she might have to come face-to-face with a few monsters – a few treacherous monsters! – along the way... With rollicking read-aloud rhymes from Michelle Robinson, and spellbinding art from Briony May Smith, this is a funny, edge-of-your-broomstick adventure for aspiring witches and wizards everywhere.

  • A twist on the Witch School genre! This original story shines a spotlight on the moments leading up to the brewing of the potion.
  • With Briony's beautiful and breathtaking art, this title will look incredible in Halloween windows, displays and round-ups.
  • A companion title to Tooth Fairy in Training, about which BookTrust said: "Silly and surprising with twists that children really won’t see coming ... the Disney-esque illustrations are cinematic”

About the author

Michelle Robinson previously wrote copy for some of the world's biggest brands. Now she is either busy writing or busy being a mum of two. Her picture books include How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth, illustrated by Kate Hindley, There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes, illustrated by Jim Field, and A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting, illustrated by David Roberts. Michelle lives in Canada with her husband, son and daughter. Find Michelle online at, and on Twitter and Instagram as @MicheRobinson.

About the illustrator

Briony May Smith graduated from Falmouth University with a First Class degree in Illustration. Since then, she has been shortlisted for the British Comic Awards and has twice been highly commended for the Macmillan Children’s Prize. She is the author-illustrator of Imelda and the Goblin King, and the illustrator of The Giant’s Necklace, written by Michael Morpurgo. She is inspired by traditional fairy tales and folklore, and by the countryside she calls home in Devon. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram as @BrionyMaySmith.

ISBN: 9781406377804
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 6, 2021
Dimensions: 215 x 280mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 10/10/21 at 23:01:01
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