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The Witches (1983)

by Roald Dahl

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A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches' plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice.

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When a young boy's parents are killed in an accident, he is off to live with his grandmother in Norway. She teaches him all about witches, as they are prevalent in the region. As they travel to England to settle his parents affairs and prepare for a new life together, they encounter the annual meeting of the witches.

This book was a fast-paced and delightful read. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you. ( )
  SolangePark | Jul 11, 2020 |
Overall, The Witches is a fun and generally pleasurable fantasy from a master of the craft. I don’t consider it the pinnacle of Dahl’s work, but it does precisely what a Dahl book should do: delight with silliness and fun without shirking on its responsibility to be just a tad creepy.

Full review at https://shaunduke.net/2020/05/thewitches/ ( )
  Arconna | Jun 24, 2020 |
This is my second favourite Roald Dahl book. Lots of fun. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |

The trouble with this movie, is that we are supposed to cheer for the wrong side. The premise, for those who haven’t read or seen it, is that the witches have a practically foolproof plan to turn all the children of the UK into mice.

I mean, what’s not to like?

You may say I shouldn’t have been watching this movie with a cat. It’s true, the cat and I have never been more on the same wave length. As I sat there biting my nails and screaming at those witches ‘not the soup, please don’t eat the cress soup’ (because a boy mouse had put the spell into it, so that the witches were to get a taste of their own medicine, so to speak), the cat was rigid with anger, hair, whiskers, tail, you name it, it was standing on end. This cat will never speak to Roald Dahl again. How dare he dangle such a prize in front of him, the most delightfully plump, tender young mice, and then take it away like that?

Signed NGE and..okay...go on:

( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
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Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionscalculated
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lazzarato, FrancescaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leach, MollyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manzi, LorenzaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meek, ElinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richardson, MirandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vriesendorp, HuberteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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In fairy-tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks.

But this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES.
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014180596X, 0141322640, 0141807822

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