The Witches

The Witches

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559949903
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/1996
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 4.44(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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:

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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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.
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
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.
KarinaLove1 More than 1 year ago
I Absolutely Love Roald Dahl and his stories and I really love this book and I also really love the movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only read the sample. CAN't wait to read the boOK,k.
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
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!
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Ii likedd this book becuase it is not too scary but just right.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever # rock on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sry i cant search anything on my nook. So this is good u can start
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book because SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! The boy turns into a mouse and his "grandmama" dosent freak out and she dosent freak out when she sees the grand high witch, CLAIRE
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Witches is a good book. It is suspensful and quite creeepy. The illustrations are doodle-like. Roald Dahl did a good job and if you are looking for a scare, read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The bfg is a awsome book too and is by Roald Dahl too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want to chat i am a huge roald dahl fan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Roald Dahl's books!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book I think this book is really intresting