Kaye Umansky is that rare thing—a truly funny writer. Witch for a Week (Simon & Schuster) is the first title in her new middle grade series, which follows clever, unflappable Elsie who has no idea what she's getting herself into when she offers to house-sit the mysterious home of local witch Magenta Sharp. Left with a talking raven and a scruffy dog for company, and a book of instruction called Everything You Need to Know, what could possibly go wrong...

Simon & Schuster re-issued Kaye's spellbinding Pongwiffy series this October. Naughty Naughty Monster (Templar) is a fantastic picture book illustrated by Greg Abbott, and Kaye has also written a hilarious new novel, The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table (Barrington Stoke) featuring King Artie and his annoying knights.

  • "One of our most delightful comic writers. Read aloud and chortle together, and it will work its magic on children like a charm." The Sunday Times on Witch for a Week
  • "A crowning achievement... this is huge fun and sure never to lose its audience." The Sunday Times on Pongwiffy series
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