Las Brujas (The Witches)

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A small boy and his grandmother stay at a hotel that is holding a convention of witches from England. Delicious comedy. More vintage Dahl.
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Overview

A small boy and his grandmother stay at a hotel that is holding a convention of witches from England. Delicious comedy. More vintage Dahl.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788420448640
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 542,074
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl
Kids and adults alike love Roald Dahl’s deliciously wicked books. Loved for their gleefully evil villains and their often mischievous sensibility, Dahl’s books introduce us to fantastic creatures and bizarre places -- and encourage our imaginations to run wild.

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

Good To Know

When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    I love this book

    I love this book. I wanted to read it on my nook soo badly. This is so annoying,why do they have to make it in spanish. Why cant they just make it in english. They did the same thing with Matilda. French and Spanish are not english langues.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Spainsh

    It's a great book. But again it's spainsh. :(

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    WHY!!!!!!!!!

    This book is in SPANISH not english, genius. How am i supposed to get this book for school if i don't understand it! Please make this wonderful book in english!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Wow

    Its a great book i watched the movie when i finished the book and it was great

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    English

    I love matilda, its my fav book..... bu tthis is in spanish.... makenit in english plzzz

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    B

    I thik this book is realy good

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    I read it in english

    I only have the book in english. I wish this one was in english.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    In English?

    I absolutely love this book . I could read it over and over but does anyone know if it's in english on the nook?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Awesome

    I really liked this book even though I red the english version but still, Me gusta mucho!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    is this in spanish or english

    is this in spanish or english?
    i have to read it for school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Iron butterfly

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    This book is great but in english!

    I LOVE this book but in englsh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    The witches

    Put in english!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Queen

    Yo soy una bruja y no tu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Es muy buen libro

    Los dibujos de Quentin Blake son muy buenos :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Write

    Hye it's the same person who wrote the 1000 word letter to you please change it back.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    The Witches

    The book would be grear if i could actually find it in english!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    PUT IN ENGLISH PLEASE

    I would love to buy this book but sadly I dont read spanish

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Les brujas

    Ay e

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