The highly imaginative child who springs quickly into fantasy and magic might prefer The Little Witch…. It has an odd, warm, smiling touch. Poor little witch: she is so industrious and eager, so anxious to help other people by means of her magic powers as soon as she is prompted to be good. But what is good? And what is bad? When you start referring to witches the terms are upside down. The twists and quirks of the story have a strange inverted sequence of their own, and it makes a lively interest for children to argue the logic of a radical change of ideas. There are one or two big, bad witches, and broomsticks and ravens and spells, but from the start it is a friendly book and the trip into the realms of magic ends in such a way that even the smallest reader will sleep sound. (pp. 721-22)
Jennifer Bourdillon, "Doll's Distress," in New Statesman (© 1961 The Statesman & Nation Publishing Co. Ltd.), Vol. LXI, No. 1573, May 5, 1961, pp. 721-22.