The Witches

The Witches

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by Roald Dahl

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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…  See more details below


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.

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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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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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:

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Brief Biography

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

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The Witches 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 171 reviews.
Sharann More than 1 year ago
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.
HBT More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only read the sample. CAN't wait to read the boOK,k.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm rereading this for the third time, and i still love it! Roald dhal writes great books and i highly suggest you read all of his novels. ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was funny when he got turned into a mouse. It was sad when his perents died, and his grandma got sick. It was intresting when grandma told storys of witches capturing kids and l toke that very sereusly but then i liked thebook. IT WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK EVER BY HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would DIE if I didn't read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Sixth_grader More than 1 year ago
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
Laura51 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 5 days ago
Want to chat i am a huge roald dahl fan
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love Roald Dahl's books!
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Loved this book I think this book is really intresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A massive recemmendation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but it might be scary for -8. But an awsome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
'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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus book is very funny. I would do anything to get to this book and read it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book this year with my class and saw the movie tey were both great READ all Ronald Dahl 's Books!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are in the middle of this book and really like it.
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