The Witches by Roald Dahl

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One of the many, many things I love about Roald Dahl is the fact that his stories are not tame. He’s not afraid to go there, wherever “there” might be. He’s wild, surprising, unlikely and slightly macabre, and that makes his books very satisfying on an emotional level.
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Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories -- but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face to face with The Grand High Witch herself!

 

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Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com
 
Published August 16, 2007 by Puffin Books. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 16 2011

By a talky, roundabout route, Dahl slyly (if deterringly) takes the narrator--ostensibly himself at seven--into the delicious, ambiguous situation of being a mouse-boy. . . who turns the tables on his tormentors.

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Reviewed by Mari Ness on Feb 14 2013

The Witches is arguably the Roald Dahl book most frequently banned in American libraries. I’m against banning books in principle, and I wouldn’t hesitate to give this book to a child—but I would certainly want to discuss its implications with the kid afterwards.

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Things Mean a Lot

Good
Reviewed by Ana S on May 19 2009

One of the many, many things I love about Roald Dahl is the fact that his stories are not tame. He’s not afraid to go there, wherever “there” might be. He’s wild, surprising, unlikely and slightly macabre, and that makes his books very satisfying on an emotional level.

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The Introverted Reader

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Reviewed by Introverted Jen on Sep 23 2014

Now that I'm firmly in my 30s, I'm brave enough to read the source. It was so much fun! It was (obviously) scary and suspenseful enough to satisfy most children but it had an element of silliness and impossibility that captures the imagination.

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Reviewed by Booklover on Aug 13 2015

This children’s book by Roald Dahl is not quite as funny as some of his others, but still contains many of his zany ideas and funny words...This is a very satisfying book. It is consistent and fresh all the way through, Dahl does not drop the story nor wrap up the ending in a strange way.

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Kidsmomo

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Reviewed by Virginia on Apr 03 2014

Are you scared of witches? Well you should because the witches are everywhere. They dress up as ordinary ladies but they are evil and diabolical little sneaks. The witches hate children.

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Reviewed by Tania McCartney on Oct 30 2010

Mesmerising, creepy, mentally evocative and pure entertainment, it was a joy to reread The Witches after many long decades - and reading it has inspired me once again to delve into my kids' Roald Dahl collection.

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