Book Review: The Witches

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The Witches

Written by Roald Dahl
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
Published by Puffin Books on January 1, 1983
Genre/Topics: Humorous, Fantasy
Ages: 8+, 208 pages 


The Witches is another wonderful book by Roald Dahl that is sure to delight many readers. The story begins with a young boy who is orphaned when his parents die in a terrible car accident. In their will, the boy is to be cared for by his Norwegian grandmother who is an expert at how to identify witches. She explains that witches are not what people typically think, such as they don’t wear black hats or ride broomsticks. His grandmother states that witches instead appear like ordinary women with ordinary jobs. This is a witch’s motto: One child a week is fifty-two a year, Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear. Throughout the book, the boy learns more about how to distinguish a witch from a normal woman. His grandmother and him stay at a hotel during the summer and this is when the fun really begins. He had a pet mouse that he tried to teach tricks well the hotel manager was very upset to have a mouse running around. The boy sneaked into an empty room that stated ‘Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’, so it must be a safe place to train his pet mouse. Suddenly women enter the room and he soon learns that they are actually not normal women at all, but witches. I’ll let you discover what happens next.

I highly enjoyed this Roald Dahl book. I believe even adults will get a laugh. The book had me guessing what would happen next and if the boy could save the day.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Witches

    pinay e-motion said:
    July 23, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Sounds like a good book. Since you into a book review, I am wondering if you can also critique the children’s book I am writing right now. Maybe you can give few insights that will help me make it more fun and meaningful for children. Btw, I love reading your blogs. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      July 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      I’d love to read your book and provide feedback. Send me an email or feedback to provide more info in the request a review page. Thanks for visiting!

    A.M said:
    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Hey…..the movie (same title) based on this book was the earliest fairy tale movies I had watched in my childhood and although I haven’t still read the book, I do remember the movie very vividly still!! Will surely read the book now 😀

      Caroline responded:
      July 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      I didn’t know that this book also had a movie. I’m sure if you loved the movie, you’ll also enjoy the book. Thanks for stopping by.

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    July 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    This is my favorite book by Roald Dahl book. Next is The BFG. I highly recommend this book! 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      July 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

      It was a fun book! I’ll have to make BFG my next book.

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