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The Witches. Roald Dahl - Roald Dahl
The Witches. Roald Dahl
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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 ... show more
"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 centrepiece 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141346410 (0141346418)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Pages no: 201
Edition language: English
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Calyre
Calyre rated it
"Si vous avez de bonnes pensées, elles feront briller votre visage comme des rayons de soleil et vous serez toujours radieux" - Roald Dahl
ashleydavis
ashleydavis rated it
The book The Witches by Roald Dahl is about a group of witches who hide in secret and are sought to be defeated by a young boy.He devises a plan to take down the grand high witch which succeeds and the boy-turned mouse saves the day. I remember reading this story when I was in about the fourth grade...
Mrs. Williams' Favorite Children's Books
Mrs. Williams' Favorite Children's Books rated it
4.0
The Witches is a book about a little boy vacationing with his grandma. While on vacation, he encounters witches, and gets himself into quite a predicament. This books is appropriate for grades 4-6. While reading this book with the class, plot structure can be deeply analyzed.
Books for my Classroom
Books for my Classroom rated it
4.0 The Witches
I have read the book and seen the movie and like always, the book was better! This book was read to me when I was in elementary school. The book is about a little boy and his grandmother and the grandmother believes in witches. While they are staying at a hotel, a convention is eing held and the gra...
Miss. Harrison's Virtual Library
Miss. Harrison's Virtual Library rated it
5.0 The Witches
This is a very cute book that will keep the students imagination flowing. We are reading this at Centreville Middle right now with my 5th graders. The young boy in the book lost both of his parents in a car crash. He goes to live with his grandmother and she tells him stories about the witches that ...
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