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Pongwiffy has it all...a hovel of her own, a sometime-friend named Sharkadder, and an odor only a witch could love. Everything is almost perfect -- until a gaggle of Goblins move in next door. Heavens above, they're enough to wake the dead. It's time to move. But where? And where will she find a much-needed assistant? Sharkadder persuades Pongwiffy to advertise...but the Pongwiffy has it all...a hovel of her own, a sometime-friend named Sharkadder, and an odor only a witch could love. Everything is almost perfect -- until a gaggle of Goblins move in next door. Heavens above, they're enough to wake the dead. It's time to move. But where? And where will she find a much-needed assistant? Sharkadder persuades Pongwiffy to advertise...but the only asistant who answers is a hamster. What's a witch to do? Forget about finding a new slum! How can Pongwiffy cope with a gang of Goblins, a sassy rodent assistant, and the Witches' Coven, who are waiting for an explanation? Even worse, she's responsible for Sourmuddle's 200th birthday cake. What will happen if Pongwiffy messes that up?


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Pongwiffy has it all...a hovel of her own, a sometime-friend named Sharkadder, and an odor only a witch could love. Everything is almost perfect -- until a gaggle of Goblins move in next door. Heavens above, they're enough to wake the dead. It's time to move. But where? And where will she find a much-needed assistant? Sharkadder persuades Pongwiffy to advertise...but the Pongwiffy has it all...a hovel of her own, a sometime-friend named Sharkadder, and an odor only a witch could love. Everything is almost perfect -- until a gaggle of Goblins move in next door. Heavens above, they're enough to wake the dead. It's time to move. But where? And where will she find a much-needed assistant? Sharkadder persuades Pongwiffy to advertise...but the only asistant who answers is a hamster. What's a witch to do? Forget about finding a new slum! How can Pongwiffy cope with a gang of Goblins, a sassy rodent assistant, and the Witches' Coven, who are waiting for an explanation? Even worse, she's responsible for Sourmuddle's 200th birthday cake. What will happen if Pongwiffy messes that up?

54 review for Pongwiffy: A Witch of Dirty Habits (book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ezgi

    Okay.. Hands down, one of the best children books - ever. Pongwiffy is the funniest, happiest character in all witch history - with all nonchalance. She and all the other witches, and the goblins are so funny, so sweet and relatable that this book tops (well, almost) the list of best childhood reads. I read Pongwiffy about a year ago once again and loved it, once again. She is truly bewitching.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deniz Özeker

    Çocukluğunuza bir göz kırpmak, bir kaç anı arasında dolaşmak isterseniz mutlaka okuyun derim. Canım Kaye Umansky =)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Owen Townend

    It's always a pleasant surprise to read children's books that feature the silliness of everyday adult behaviour. Case in point: Pongwiffy's frenemy relationship with Sharkadder. They may fall out like little girls but the fact that they keep coming back together suggests a troubling co-dependency between the two. Meanwhile Hugo is a little wonder: a fine lesson in proving that size is no indication of ferocity. That being said I can't say I see Hugo getting as much out of their partnership as Pon It's always a pleasant surprise to read children's books that feature the silliness of everyday adult behaviour. Case in point: Pongwiffy's frenemy relationship with Sharkadder. They may fall out like little girls but the fact that they keep coming back together suggests a troubling co-dependency between the two. Meanwhile Hugo is a little wonder: a fine lesson in proving that size is no indication of ferocity. That being said I can't say I see Hugo getting as much out of their partnership as Pongwiffy: he is obviously the more capable of the two. The stories in which these characters move are simple and incidental: buying houses and finding lost cakes isn't as important as who is doing them. Pongwiffy, Hugo and Sharkadder are the standouts obviously with Umansky devoting most of her creative energy into them. Also the humour is pitch-perfect and, even better, not at all dated. I'd say that this is a fun read for junior school kids especially at Halloween.

  4. 4 out of 5

    avventuredicarta

    Puzzy è una strega sudiciona, così come racconta il titolo, è caparbia e testarda, le piace lo sporco e non lascia mai che la sua Scopa spazzi per terra. Eppure, non le si può resistere, perchè ha simpatia da vendere! Una storia che a distanza di anni e anni (lo lessi in quarta elementare, se non sbaglio, ora ho 33 anni) mi piace ancora, mi fa ridere e sorridere, mi colpisce per l'ottimo italiano della traduzione e le splendide illustrazioni di Nicoletta Costa. RACCOMANDATISSIMO! Da leggere a tutt Puzzy è una strega sudiciona, così come racconta il titolo, è caparbia e testarda, le piace lo sporco e non lascia mai che la sua Scopa spazzi per terra. Eppure, non le si può resistere, perchè ha simpatia da vendere! Una storia che a distanza di anni e anni (lo lessi in quarta elementare, se non sbaglio, ora ho 33 anni) mi piace ancora, mi fa ridere e sorridere, mi colpisce per l'ottimo italiano della traduzione e le splendide illustrazioni di Nicoletta Costa. RACCOMANDATISSIMO! Da leggere a tutti i bambini, li farà divertire e gli sarà di insegnamento.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Oak Hill

    Pongwiffy is one of the best books I’ve ever read as it has great humour. Kaya Umanusky wrote this and it’s about a very messy and smelly witch and she lives in a common with 12 other witches with familiars. In the1st book where it starts in Pongwiffy’s new house in goblin territory next door to a bunch of goblins. One night they scream her roof down singing while she’s having a dinner party with Sharkadder. The 2nd and 3rd are just as good. I would give it 7000 out of 5. Bryony

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luca Dofus

    La strega sudiciona, pasticciona (anche se a dir la verita' e' brava con gli incantesimi, dai!) e con una mentalita' ... in realta'  non molto diversa da quella delle altre streghe. Ovviamente rileggendo il libro ora non aveva piu' il fascino di quando ero ragazzino, ma e' riuscito ad essere comunque molto divertente ^^ E poi Hugo e' un mito!!!!!!! Ora mi devo leggere i seguiti, che non ho mai letto ma che mi sono ritrovato a casa! La strega sudiciona, pasticciona (anche se a dir la verita' e' brava con gli incantesimi, dai!) e con una mentalita' ... in realta'  non molto diversa da quella delle altre streghe. Ovviamente rileggendo il libro ora non aveva piu' il fascino di quando ero ragazzino, ma e' riuscito ad essere comunque molto divertente ^^ E poi Hugo e' un mito!!!!!!! Ora mi devo leggere i seguiti, che non ho mai letto ma che mi sono ritrovato a casa!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Furrawn

    This is a children's book that I've been listening to as an audiobook at night when I go to sleep. It's taken forever to hear the entire book as I always fall asleep (This is a good thing). The story is adorable, original, and hilarious. Prunella Scales absolutely inhabits the story and her voices add even more hilarity. This is a children's book that I've been listening to as an audiobook at night when I go to sleep. It's taken forever to hear the entire book as I always fall asleep (This is a good thing). The story is adorable, original, and hilarious. Prunella Scales absolutely inhabits the story and her voices add even more hilarity.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shahrun

    Loved this as a child and still love it as a adult. The humour and shenanigans are right up my street. Poor Pongwiffy is constantly lurching from one disaster to the next. Hugo is so awesome. And there’s pictures too! I didn’t realise this was first book in a series, I’ll have to track the next one down now.

  9. 4 out of 5

    gufo_bufo

    Non è che a me piacesse da morire, ma funzionò egregiamente per attaccare la malattia della lettura alla figlia piccola. Non è più guarita. Grazie, Puzzy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    I haven't read this since I was a child. Its longer than I remember. The humour is silly and smelly. The plot is laughable, but of course it is! Its sweet and nostalgic I haven't read this since I was a child. Its longer than I remember. The humour is silly and smelly. The plot is laughable, but of course it is! Its sweet and nostalgic

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    Læst på dansk Titel : Hørmeost - en heks med skjulte fejl

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Geraeds

    There were definitely some very funny moments and descriptions, but it wasn't nearly as much fun as the Twig stories. I love those and I'm still hoping for more of them. There were definitely some very funny moments and descriptions, but it wasn't nearly as much fun as the Twig stories. I love those and I'm still hoping for more of them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ramona Cantaragiu

    Lots of ol' good dirty fun in this well-paced story with idiot trolls, bad smelling witches, rolling cakes and many others. Lots of ol' good dirty fun in this well-paced story with idiot trolls, bad smelling witches, rolling cakes and many others.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Watson

    One of my all time favourite books! I've read it so many times over the years it's falling apart. One of my all time favourite books! I've read it so many times over the years it's falling apart.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beril

    First series I’ve ever read! Probably I was around 10 years old. I didn’t have many books back then so I was re-reading this book again and again until all the pages were torn... will definitely be re-reading for the tenth time this year!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Indah W

    Perkenalkan Pongwiffy, si penyihir yang jorooook bener daahh.. Tapi biar kata jorok2, dia lucuu, hihihi.. Nah terus si Pongwiffy ini khan hidup tetanggaan ama si Goblin, kalo biasanya Goblin digambarkan sebagai makhluk yang menyeramkan, di sini Goblin-nya pada telmi2, hihihi, lucu dhe :D Jadi keinget ama katanya si Dewi kalo baru di Pongwiffy ini semua tokohnya makhluk non manusia. Kalo cerita2 lain khan suka ada yang mixed githu atau ngga manusia terjebak di dunia khayalan, naahh di Pongwiffy ini n Perkenalkan Pongwiffy, si penyihir yang jorooook bener daahh.. Tapi biar kata jorok2, dia lucuu, hihihi.. Nah terus si Pongwiffy ini khan hidup tetanggaan ama si Goblin, kalo biasanya Goblin digambarkan sebagai makhluk yang menyeramkan, di sini Goblin-nya pada telmi2, hihihi, lucu dhe :D Jadi keinget ama katanya si Dewi kalo baru di Pongwiffy ini semua tokohnya makhluk non manusia. Kalo cerita2 lain khan suka ada yang mixed githu atau ngga manusia terjebak di dunia khayalan, naahh di Pongwiffy ini ngga ada manusiaa!! Mantaps khan ^o^ Merhatiin aja si Dewi, gua aja ngga nyadar, wakakakak :p *ngga heran*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue Berg

    Pongwiffy (Unabridged) Author: Kaye Umansky Date: 01-JAN-1992 Narrator: Prunella Scales Provider: BBC WW Running Time: 3 h 08 min Pongwiffy is a very smelly witch of very dirty habits, but a happy one - until a gruesome gang of goblins moves in next door. Pongwiffy finds a new slum and advertises for a new familiar, but the only reply is from a hamster. What will the Witches' Coven say? Pongwiffy (Unabridged) Author: Kaye Umansky Date: 01-JAN-1992 Narrator: Prunella Scales Provider: BBC WW Running Time: 3 h 08 min Pongwiffy is a very smelly witch of very dirty habits, but a happy one - until a gruesome gang of goblins moves in next door. Pongwiffy finds a new slum and advertises for a new familiar, but the only reply is from a hamster. What will the Witches' Coven say?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate Herbert

    I love all the Pongwiffy books! Kaye Umansky seems to be a forgotten genius of humorous literature. The stories are about a ridiculous witch and her cronies and various adversaries which all live in wild settings, largely in woodland. Although they are marketed as children's books, I had some very big belly-laughs from the Pongwiffy series, and I don't laugh easily. Very clever and altogether brilliant. I love all the Pongwiffy books! Kaye Umansky seems to be a forgotten genius of humorous literature. The stories are about a ridiculous witch and her cronies and various adversaries which all live in wild settings, largely in woodland. Although they are marketed as children's books, I had some very big belly-laughs from the Pongwiffy series, and I don't laugh easily. Very clever and altogether brilliant.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Archimedes Grimm

    Someone asked me a question about books with witches for children recently, and for some reason this book came to mind. I remember reading it a long, long, loooong time ago when I was still in junior school. While I think I enjoyed reading the book at the time, I really have no clue what it was about. The only thing I really remember in the book was the description of the filthy cauldron. The cover really stuck with me, however. Weird.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gemma Esprey

    This was one of my favourite books as a child. I think I read it thirteen times in total and had to do a presentation on it in my first year of high school. Any chldren (perhaps moreso girls) of around 8 years old would love it. There is a talent show at the end - kind of like the forerunner to the X Factor, I suppose.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Mackay

    After listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks in the car I was a bit lost as to what to listen to next. That long commute was suddenly quite boring again. Then I discovered another childhood classic on audible. Pongwiffy was another series I read and also had on cassette tape and listened to regularly when I was little. It's been great once again listening to it in the car :) After listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks in the car I was a bit lost as to what to listen to next. That long commute was suddenly quite boring again. Then I discovered another childhood classic on audible. Pongwiffy was another series I read and also had on cassette tape and listened to regularly when I was little. It's been great once again listening to it in the car :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    listen my dudes, I first came across Pongwiffy when I was (I want to say) 8, in a charity shop and it was the BEST 50p I EVER SPENT. I LOVED these books as a child, and I have very fond memories of them to this day. I feel in a way, Pongwiffy has shaped my sense of humour too; so thank you Kaye Umansky. They're just good, funny, witchy books. 5 STARS. listen my dudes, I first came across Pongwiffy when I was (I want to say) 8, in a charity shop and it was the BEST 50p I EVER SPENT. I LOVED these books as a child, and I have very fond memories of them to this day. I feel in a way, Pongwiffy has shaped my sense of humour too; so thank you Kaye Umansky. They're just good, funny, witchy books. 5 STARS.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Didn't finish - don't know why but obviously not gripping enough. Fun ideas about a smelly witch but emphasis more on old ladies. Is that why I wasn't interested enough to finish it? Grammar and semantics appropriate for younger readers Frequent pictures but did not scaffold the text. Didn't finish - don't know why but obviously not gripping enough. Fun ideas about a smelly witch but emphasis more on old ladies. Is that why I wasn't interested enough to finish it? Grammar and semantics appropriate for younger readers Frequent pictures but did not scaffold the text.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beatrix

    Someone read this to me when I was young.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Martin

    My most favorite series ever. I want to read them everyday but try to keep it down to once a year.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elahe

    funny, easy to read

  27. 5 out of 5

    UglyOldBat(in Outsize Specs)

    Brilliant! I read these books as a child, this one in particular being my favourite and have recently read them again as a grown up and I still love them! Funny, so funny

  28. 5 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    Puzzy è stata l'eroina della mia infanzia. Ho sempre adorato il suo modo di fare e Hugo è favoloso. Puzzy è stata l'eroina della mia infanzia. Ho sempre adorato il suo modo di fare e Hugo è favoloso.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pong

    Amazing. Sheer genius

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  31. 5 out of 5

    Fidget Fidget

  32. 5 out of 5

    Simon

  33. 5 out of 5

    Theda

  34. 4 out of 5

    Gitte - Bookworm's Closet

  35. 5 out of 5

    Sally Ransom

  36. 4 out of 5

    Xxbratzxx

  37. 5 out of 5

    Skullz

  38. 5 out of 5

    Mette-Marie

  39. 4 out of 5

    Charles

  40. 4 out of 5

    Iva

  41. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  42. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  43. 4 out of 5

    Liesl

  44. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  45. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  46. 4 out of 5

    Tracey S

  47. 5 out of 5

    Chiara

  48. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  49. 5 out of 5

    CJ

  50. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  51. 5 out of 5

    Irina

  52. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

  53. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  54. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

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