Review: Worzel Gummidge


Book Title: Worzel Gummidge (available here)

Author: Barbara Euphan Todd

Illustrator: Peter Cottrill

Publisher: OUP

Publication Date: New edition: Oct 19

Most Suitable For: Years 5-6

Reviewed By: Angela Kent

Despite Todd writing this book back in 1936, the endearing character of Worzel Gummidge is bound to capture children’s imaginations as much in 2020, as it has over previous generations. Some of the language, attitudes and issues are obviously of their time (1930s), but that shouldn’t deter you from enjoying this delightful novel.


Susan and John are sent to the country to finish recuperating from whooping cough, so have been quarantined from spending time with other children. It is while they are out exploring the countryside that they come across an ordinary-looking scarecrow in the middle of ten-acre field. But when the scarecrow later comes to life, a new friendship blossoms – which only spells trouble for the children. Where Worzel goes, mayhem seems to follow – unfortunately for Susan and John this usually means that the blame is directed towards them, after all who would believe that the scarecrow did it? This adventure is filled with fun, magic and is incredibly engaging.


This is a fun book which could be used as an alternative title in the study of classic fiction in KS2 and it would also make a lovely class read.


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You can order Worzel Gummidge online or from your local bookshop or library.



Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Review Panel member Angela for reviewing it.



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