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The Witches by Roald Dahl
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"Roald Dahl great books"
5 stars"
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Roald Dahl makes good fun out of reading for children and adults alike. Great books to have for grandparents when the grandchildren vi­sit.

"Watch out for those ladies wearing gloves!"
4 stars"
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An entertaining and slightly scary tale of one small boy's adventures in the presence of witches.

Armed with knowledge about how to spot a witch given to him by his grandmother, the boy finds himself in a dreadful situation, surrounded by the very same witches he fears the most!

What ensues is daring and dangerous, and frightfully funny!

A great book to read aloud.

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This is a book about 'real witches' - the ones that absolutely loathe children and are always plotting to get rid of them. It features a great new Quentin Blake cover as well as a whole new exciting end section about Roald Dahl and his world.

Accolades

Winner of Whitbread Book of the Year Award Children's Book Category 1983.

Author Biography

Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began writing after "a monumental bash on the head", sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II.Roald Dahl died in 1990.

Critical Reviews:

Kirkus Reviews US 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. We first hear about witches: they spend their time plotting to get rid of children, "they all look like nice ladies," they are difficult but not impossible to spot. Then, we hear about Dahl's cigar-smoking Norwegian grandmother, who told him about witches and how to spot them: they all wear wigs to cover their bald heads, for one thing, and have itchy scalps. So, when Dahl and his grandmother are at a Bournemouth hotel, and the lady-delegates to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children conference start scratching away (p. 57), Dahl is wary. Then the pretty head lady takes off her mask: the Grand High Witch incarnate! To demonstrate her Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse-Maker, she's already fed some to greedy, obnoxious little Bruno Jenkins - who turns into a mouse on schedule. Will Dahl be detected, hiding behind a screen? He hasn't washed in days, but some of that tell-tale child-scent, anathema to witches, escapes. Forcefed the potion, he joins Bruno scampering about the floor - but they still have their own voices, and his wonderful witchophile grandmother will know what to do. Actually, Dahl's wits have if anything sharpened. With his grandmother as a confederate, he steals a bottle of the potion; pours it into the witch-delegates' soup tureen; and has the exquisite pleasure of seeing them turned into mice, to be wiped out on the spot. (Bruno meanwhile is contentedly munching away - to the horror of his mouse-hating parents.) When last seen, DaM and his grandmother are quietly resettled in Norway - where he wonders if she'll live out Ms short mouse-life span, and she's plotting to get rid of the world's remaining witches. A (quicker-acting) sequel is to be eagerly expected. (Kirkus Reviews)
Release date NZ
September 6th, 2007
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations
Imprint
Puffin Books
Interest Age
From 8
Pages
224
Dimensions
129x198x16
ISBN-13
9780141322643
Product ID
1671304

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