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Would you know a real witch if you saw one?They don't ride on broomsticks. They don't wear black capes or pointy hats. In fact, they don't look like witches at all. But one thing is certain: A real witch is the most dangerous of all living creatures. So you'd better learn to know one when you see one! The young hero of this award-winning story learns that lesson in a hurry when he encouters a whole gruesome gang of them. He'll need all his wits about him to foil their wicked scheme—a dastardly plot to rid ...
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Would you know a real witch if you saw one?They don't ride on broomsticks. They don't wear black capes or pointy hats. In fact, they don't look like witches at all. But one thing is certain: A real witch is the most dangerous of all living creatures. So you'd better learn to know one when you see one! The young hero of this award-winning story learns that lesson in a hurry when he encouters a whole gruesome gang of them. He'll need all his wits about him to foil their wicked scheme—a dastardly plot to rid the world of children forever! Jean Marsh is best known for the role of Rose in Upstairs/Downstairs, the popular television series she co-created. "A real witch is easily the most dangerous of all the living creatures on earth." But, if real witches disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies rather than flying around on broomsticks in pointy hats, how can you tell when you're face to face with one? Listen to this story and you'll find out all you need to know. You'll also meet a real hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches imaginable!

Author Biography: Roald Dahl's wonderful and outrageous tales continue to delight children the world over. Some of his most beloved stories include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches.

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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"An orphan boy...discovers the true nature of witches and then has the misfortune to be transformed into a mouse by The Grand High Witch of All the World...A curious but honest tale which deals with matters of crucial importance to children: smallness, the existence of evil in the world, mourning, separation, death." —The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141301105
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Puffin Book Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to 'a wonderful faraway place'. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.
 
The BFG is dedicated to the memory of Roald Dahl's eldest daughter, Olivia, who died from measles when she was seven – the same age at which his sister had died (fron appendicitis) over forty years before.
 
Quentin Blake, the first Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated most of Roald Dahl’s children’s books.

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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

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    A Frighteningly Exciting War Against Witches

    The witches are smart, but Robert's grandmother is smarter. She's had first hand experience with the evil brood of children hating witches and teaches Robert all about protecting himself from their evil schemes. Little did Robert know that very soon he'd be needing grandma's advice in order to save not only himself from the witches but all the children of the world. You'll have a hard time putting this book down and you'll listen to your own grandma's crazy stories a lot differently too.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    Absolutely Fun

    When I first heard this story I was in first grade. When the little boy was running and fighting the witches I remember thinking, that is smart or I would have done this instead. I think that many children enjoy this book so much because the main character is a normal child like them, not some Super Hero. It in a sense allows them to feel they can do great things too. I am going to buy this book and read it with my children. I hope they enjoy it as much as I have. Oh and I watched the movie too, I thought it was great.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    We read this as a read aloud in third grade. The book is about a

    We read this as a read aloud in third grade. The book is about a little boy and his grandmother and their interesting encounter with a bunch of children hating witches. The boy learns how to identify witches and their characteristics. Then on his summer break, he sees all the witches including the grand high witch (ick, she's ugly!). You'll never guess what happens next! It was a great book to read and very exciting. It was pretty humorous too! We would recommend to third graders and older to read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2010

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    Amazing Book

    I read The Witches in class and my crazy teacher read it to us. he scared us out of our skin and now I can't sleep at night. I wish that he would go back to Rhode Island. He is insane. I need summer.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    I am a sixth grade student in Arizona

    This book is all about what REAL WITCHES are, what they do, and how they really dress. The main character is an interesting boy. He has two mice named William and Mary I think.When his english parents die he goes to live with his grandma in another country. His grandmother smokes cigars and tells stories about REAL WITCHES. You see REAL WITCHES do not wear silly black cloaks or black pointy hats. They dress like normal women and look normal. So how can you tell them apart from us simple, they have distunctions about them. They have unusually big nose holes,always wear gloves,wear wigs, have no toes(they limp),and always wear wigs. I rate it five stars

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    One word describing this book: F U N N Y ! ! !

    Don't you sometimes feel like you don't want to watch TV anymore and you just have nothing to do. What if your a student or a kid and have nothing to read, what if your a teacher and you have to share a book with the class and you can't decide whitch one. Read " T H E W I TC H E S " !!!!! Why ? It is funny educational you will enjoy it all the way! What more can you ask for in this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2009

    I love this book!

    I have read a lot of books by Roald Dahl, but so far this is my favorite!My favorite character is Robert.He goes through alot just to change back from a mouse to a human.His old grandmother was unaware of him becoming a mouse and tries to kill him!I love that the book surprises you and you never know what the next page or sentence is going to bring you.My favorite part is when they sneek into the conference room for the old women and it turns out to be a witch conference!I just couldn't put it down for anything!I read it in three days.You should read this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2015

    I chose the book ¨The Witches¨ by Roald Dahl. I chose this book

    I chose the book ¨The Witches¨ by Roald Dahl. I chose this book because I’ve read many of the authors other books and have enjoyed them. The genre of the book would probably be humor and fantasy. Roald Dahl has a reputation of making up words and creatures in his stories.  When I looked at the book, I was very interested. On the back of the book it told that the book would be about ¨Witch Hunting,¨ and I was very excited about reading another crazy book by Roald Dahl. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

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    Its a book about a little boy

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Lux

    Walks in and looks around.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Extremely creative and fun!

    'The Witches' is a very nice book. The concept is great as well as creative and original - you won't see your average green-skinned witch with a wart on her nose and a black hat in this story. Readers who are looking for a magical, adventurous book with things out of the ordinary occuring left and right should check this out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Tarrantules

    Terrific!!!!... not.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Thus book

    Thus book is very funny. I would do anything to get to this book and read it .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I read this book this year with my class and saw the movie tey were both great
    READ all Ronald Dahl 's Books!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Really enjoyable.

    We are in the middle of this book and really like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    it is the best book i have ever read i want to read more of his

    it is the best book i have ever read i want to read more of his books :)

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    it is the best book i have ever read i want to read more of his

    it is the best book i have ever read i want to read more of his work lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great book - terrible service

    This book is fantastic!

    The service from B&N is another thing.
    My first copy arrived without a sleeve on it; bar code on hardback. When I called customer service, they said I could keep it as is with 10% off (seriously?) or mail it back to them (and pay for shipping) and they would inquire whether they would mail me another - again, seriously? I asked about returning it to a store and they said that wasn't possible.
    I took it to a store (have done this before) and didn't have issues other than waiting for another store to mail me another book. Yes, I took a chance of whether a sleeve would accompany the hardback again. So no win for me - still had to wait on a shipped order.

    As a long term member, this is very frustrating. B&N shipping in general is getting worse. When quoted 1-3 business days, I'll be lucky to receive the order on the 3rd day - usually after hours. Normally, the orders are arriving on day 4 or 5. They are also using USPS more often than not, which just adds to the confusion and wait time.

    It's really sad to see B&N service and shipping going down the drain. Maybe we should start shopping at local book stores?!

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    i am a 5th grade student

    The Witches


    If you like humor and witches you will like Roald Dahls The Witches. I like it because the tons and tons of humor and all the suspense and surprises. For me the best part is when the main character is stuck behind a curtain with all the witches having a meeting. Then one of the witches smells him out and finds him. The witches think a clean kid smells like dogs droppings. When they find him they turn him into a mouse. Another interesting is that the witches are trying to turn all of the children into mice. The most suspenseful part was when the main character and his grandma stop the witches from their task. This was a good part for me because there was a lot of suspense and action. I like Roald Dhals books because of this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    Highly Recommened- you must check it out

    I like this book because, it gets you going.This book is about this boy and his grandmother. His grandmother, tells him stories about this mythical creature called "witches". So oneday the boy and his grandmother went to this hotel, there was this grand high meeting.The boy was so shocked, everything and every women were.......... sorry but you are going to have to read the book to find out what happened with the boy and the women.

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