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The witches (original 1983; edition 1995)

by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

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Title:The witches
Authors:Roald Dahl
Other authors:Quentin Blake
Info:London : Puffin, 1995.
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The Witches by Roald Dahl (1983)

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Probably my favorite Childrens book ( )
  ashlou6225 | Feb 5, 2015 |
One of my favorite Books ever.-Armycop123 ( )
  Armycop123 | Nov 24, 2014 |
SUMMARY: A boy and his grandmother must fight against the evil witches' plan to turn all the children in the world into rats.

REVIEW: A Roald Dahl book is sure to be favorite of mine, so of course I adore this particular novel. Dahl's funny, satirical humor gives his writing a unique style that I think kids of all ages will enjoy. This book also has some memorable quotes, such as: “It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” Additionally, there is always some sort of moral lesson in each of Dahl's books. However, I think the main draw of this novel is that it is simply a fun read. ( )
  amay3 | Nov 8, 2014 |
Fantastic book for kids! So imaginative and creative. Easy read that children will find delightful!

Roald Dahl is always brilliant! His stories and rhymes are fun and entertaining! Some of my all time favorites!! Such a great way to entertain children and get them interested in reading! ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
Dahl was one of my favorite authors as a child. The witches is about a young boy and his grandmother who have to defeat a whole coven of witches, including the Grand High Witch. It's a enjoyable tale and I still remember how to spot a witch- pointy shoes, wiggy hair, sparkling eyes and they spot children by their clean showered smell. Worth it. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
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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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"This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches." So begins one of Roald Dahl's best books ever, and, ironically, it is such a great story because the premise is perfectly plausible from the outset. When the narrator's parents die in a car crash on page two (contrast this terribly real demise with that of James's parents who are devoured by an escaped rhinoceros in James and the Giant Peach), he is taken in by his cigar-smoking Norwegian grandmother, who has learned a storyteller's respect for witches and is wise to their ways.

The bond between the boy and his grandmother becomes the centerpiece of the tale--a partnership of love and understanding that survives even the boy's unfortunate transformation into a mouse. And once the two have teamed up to outwitch the witches, the boy's declaration that he's glad he's a mouse because he will now live only as long as his grandmother is far more poignant than eerie.

Of course, there's adventure here along with Dahl's trademark cleverness and sense of the grotesque. Dahl also communicates some essential truths to children: if they smoke cigars, they'll never catch cold, and, most importantly, they should never bathe, because a clean child is far, far easier for a witch to smell than a dirty one. (Ages 7 to 10, or read aloud to younger children)

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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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