Summary from Goodreads
When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim’s shed to tell her she’s a witch, Tiga doesn’t believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars – the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City.
Filled with silly spells, delectable dresses, ridiculous riddles and a serious shoe problem, Witch Wars is a witch story like no other. Although if you enjoyed The Worst Witch or Witchworld, you’ll love this too!
1. It’s an all-girl core cast. I wanted the book to feel a little like the first time I watched Absolutely Fabulous as a kid. That show was just scene after scene of brilliantly bonkers female characters and I’d never seen anything like it before. They weren’t passive or perfect. They controlled the plot lines and owned the gags. It was awesome.
2. Peggy is named after my gran.
3. Fluffanora is named after no one.
4. Mrs Clutterbuck is based on a hilarious old woman called Mrs Maypother who owned the newsagents in Sandymount, Dublin. She was brilliant and gave me free chocolate, which means she gets eternal respect.
5. When you want to say something like ‘Oh no!’ or ‘Damn it!’ in Sinkville it’s always FROG and something else – any word of your choosing. Frogankles! Frogcakes! Frogmuffins! etc.
6. Laura Ellen Anderson: The witch that sells old hats and IS NEVER WRONG bears a striking resemblance to my Nan!
7. I first imagined Fran (the Fabulous Fairy) when I was eight. As a result, I think she behaves like an adult as kids often see them – bossy for no good reason, nuts, etc.
8. You might spot some things on the map that are not in book one. Also, it’s on a peninsula…
9. Laura Ellen Anderson: The scene of Ritzy City was so detailed to draw that I had to resort to ACTUAL magic to get it done… THE MAGIC OF COFFEE.
10. You’ll find quite a few references to Disney’s version of Mary Poppins in the book. Patricia the producer comes sailing down on an umbrella (because “she saw it in a film once and now it’s the only way she’ll travel”), and starts singing ‘Supercalafrag-‘ but she crash-lands before she can finish, for potential copyright reasons.
About the Authors
Sibéal Pounder currently works for the Financial Times where she researches for the How To Spend It section and writes the For Goodness’ Sake column – interviewing everyone from Veronica Etro to Vivienne Westwood. Other writing credits include Vogue.com and fashion trend forecasting company WGSN. Sibéal also volunteers at the Media Trust teaching kids who want to get into journalism.
Laura Ellen Anderson is a rising star of the picture book world. In 2013 she illustrated CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell’s Snowflakes (Scholastic) before going on to work with Peter Bently on Princess Sleepyhead and the Night-Night Bear (Orchard Books). Laura also writes and illustrates The Evil Emperor Penguin series for Phoenix magazine.