Wendy Watchitt

Original painting for cover of Wendy Watchitt, with the actual book.Cover art is a girl with a toad sitting in her curly red hair.

Many years ago, my family was in the process of moving house. It was summer. For those who don’t know, summer in Queensland is very hot, often humid, and just an unpleasant time to do anything as physically demanding as moving.

My kids were tired, grumpy and had pretty much had enough of everything. I understood their feelings, because I felt the same.

To distract from how horrible everything was, I sat down with my irate kids in the garden and said, “I suppose you don’t want to know what happened when Wendy Watchitt moved house.”

“Who’s Wendy Watchitt?” one asked.

“Is a Watchitt the same as a witch?” the other asked.

So I began to tell a story of a young girl who had special powers who was in a bad move about moving house.

This was a very long time ago, my kids are adults now, but Wendy has stayed at the back of my mind all these years.I think other kids might enjoy her story, as much as my kids did on that hot moving day 20 years or more ago.

Cover of Wendy Watchitt by Iris Carden.  Features oil painting of a girl with a toad sitting in her red curly hair.

Wendy Watchitt

Wendy Watchitt is just an average 10 year old girl.

She’s brave and clever and caring. She carries her pet toad on her head, and makes strange things happen when she blinks. Well, perhaps she isn’t quite so average.

A new adventure starts for Wendy when her family moves house.

A new town, a new home, new school, and new best friend are just the beginning of what she’s going to find.

Wendy will have to save her friends, travel between realms, learn some very big family secrets, and still find time to get her homework done.


By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


  1. Iris, I have begun a story about two cats in our retirement village, just need someone such as yourself to pick it up and turn it into a childrens book. Is this the type of thing you do too? Cheers. Roz


    1. Hi Roz, It sounds a lovely idea. I do only write my own stuff and am strictly amateur. Publishing my books is an expensive hobby. It sounds like you need someone who has actually had some success.


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