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The Witches This Is Not A Fairy Tale This Is About Real Witches Real Witches Don T Ride Around On Broomsticks They Don T Even Wear Black Cloaks And Hats They Are Vile, Cunning, Detestable Creatures Who Disguise Themselves As Nice, Ordinary Ladies So How Can You Tell When You Re Face To Face With One Well, If You Don T Know Yet You D Better Find Out Quickly Because There S Nothing A Witch Loathes Quite As Much As Children And She Ll Wield All Kinds Of Terrifying Powers To Get Rid Of Them

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • The Witches
  • Roald Dahl
  • English
  • 04 April 2019
  • 0590032496

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About the Author: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940 s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world s bestselling authors.Dahl s first published work, inspired by a meeting with C S Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake The story, about his wartime adv Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940 s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world s bestselling authors.Dahl s first published work, inspired by a meeting with C S Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for 900, and propelled him into a career as a writer Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalized article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.His first children s book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943 Dahl went on to create some of the best loved children s stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper s, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world wide acclaim Dahl wrotethan 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You in 1959, for the story The Landlady and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on Skin

10 thoughts on “The Witches

  1. says:

    Warning Extremely Long Review and Childhood StorytellingWhen I was ten or eleven, I was sitting in the playground at summer camp, minding my own business and reading this book, when one of the playground supervisers came and asked me what I was reading When I showed it to him, his eyes got wide and he took the book from me Then he went to the trash can and started ripping it up, page by page And he washed his hands afterwards, to get rid of the filth It was a library book He was just goi Warning Extremely Long Review and Childhood StorytellingWhen I was ten or eleven, I was sitting in the playground at summer camp, minding my own business and reading this book, when one of the playground supervisers came and asked me what I was reading When I showed it to him, his eyes got wide and he took the book from me Then he went to the trash can and started ripping it up, page by page And he washed his hands afterwards, to get rid of the filth It was a library book He was just going on and on about how young children shouldn t read about witchcraft because they might want to become witches, etc etc If you ve read the book, you know that Dahl doesn t exactly idealize witches Well, when my dad came to pick me up, he let this guy have it yay Dad and I got a popsicle So the story ends well, but I always remember this incident when I see this book And because of that, this book is what I think of when I consider censorship and how detrimental it is to our society I barely remember what happens in The Witches, but I love it simply because of what it represents to me

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    I didn t know what to expect when I started this book Believe it or not, this is the very first Roald Dahl book that I have experienced I enjoyed this book tremendously This chapter book tells a story of a grandma, a grandson, and their journey together is ridding the world of real witches and saving the world s children I will be readingof this author for sure I would recommend this book to everyone It is a fun read and well worth the experience

  3. says:

    Re read for our classics discussion Friday 10 30 Still had me giggling from the very first chapter.

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    Roald Dahl is in my top 3 of favorite children s authors I had read a few of his books as a child, but most of my exposure occurred as a young adult and while in college.The Witches was actually a book I read after the movie with Anjelica Huston was produced I am a huge fan of her work, and when she appeared in this movie, I was fascinated with the story I d definitely recommend reading the book first as the movie takes the story so much further.For one thing, the book has an unnamed narrator Roald Dahl is in my top 3 of favorite children s authors I had read a few of his books as a child, but most of my exposure occurred as a young adult and while in college.The Witches was actually a book I read after the movie with Anjelica Huston was produced I am a huge fan of her work, and when she appeared in this movie, I was fascinated with the story I d definitely recommend reading the book first as the movie takes the story so much further.For one thing, the book has an unnamed narrator and grandmother, whereas the movie is very detailed on the history of the characters, the various types of relationships, etc But both were still very good.It combines so many wonderful things for kids to love and to be scared of Witches who can turn little boys into well, I won t ruin the surprise Suffice it to say, this can be a bit of a scary theme.Dahl s style is so embracing and captivating His characters are intense The creativity and imagination from the works he s produced over the years is quite astonishing.The Grand High Witch runs the show here, and she won t let you forget it But it s the grandmother and the boy who may hold all the power A classic battle of good and evil with some fun thrown in between.A definite read for kids And adults When I was taking a course in college on Reading in the Elementary School, I had to read 150 children s books and produce a portfolio showing a lesson plan for each book Dahl featured in many of the lessons and books I had chosen, as I tried to incorporate some Newbery and Caldecott winners, but not all What a joy to re read these classics as a 21 year old thinking about becoming a teacher Though I didn t stay in the teaching field and possibly regret it to some degree , I will always go back to these books and this time period as one of the favorite parts of lifeAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by polldaddy poll 9729544 polldaddy poll 9719251

  5. says:

    The clever and courageous tale of a young boy and his spirited grandmother who fight witches together.

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    Down vith children Do them in Boil their bones and fry their skin Bish them, sqvish them, bash them, mash them Brrreak them, shake them, slash them, smash them Offer chocs vith magic powder Oh, thank goodness for the likes of Roald Dahl, who can combine the scary with the funny stuff and open a treasure chest of children s fairy tales with all the wisdom humanity is capable of which, of course, still is quite limited.As a child, I was terrified and fascinated at the same time when I read t Down vith children Do them in Boil their bones and fry their skin Bish them, sqvish them, bash them, mash them Brrreak them, shake them, slash them, smash them Offer chocs vith magic powder Oh, thank goodness for the likes of Roald Dahl, who can combine the scary with the funny stuff and open a treasure chest of children s fairy tales with all the wisdom humanity is capable of which, of course, still is quite limited.As a child, I was terrified and fascinated at the same time when I read this story, hiding it under a pile of other books before turning off the light at night I just couldn t stomach the idea of finding myself face to face with the witch and her friends in the vulnerable state between sleeping and being awake Later, when I read it to my own three children, my youngest cuddled up in my lap and bit her nails while her brothers tried to downplay their excitement From that experience, I mostly remember the giggles when we tried to imitate the witches funny accent.And then I read it to school children I will never forget those children sitting cosily in front of me on a carpet in the library, surrounded by books and drawings I slowed down, and made my voice quiet, and read very carefully the witch warning She might even be your lovely school teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment Look carefully at that teacher Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of such a suggestion Don t let that put you off It could be part of cleverness.I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch All I am saying is that she might be one It is most unlikely But here comes the big but not impossible I looked up and saw all those students eyes staring at me They remembered me dressing up as a witch at Halloween, and I believe for a moment they pondered the possibility of me being clever enough to cover up my actual witchedness by pretending to be one.Recently, my son and I talked about this novel again, as his brother started reading it for the third or fourth time And all of a sudden, we discovered another layer beyond the message of stranger danger and the power of love and friendship to overcome difficulties.Those witches at the private meeting in the hotel are like celebrities and politicians believing they are alone and stripping themselves of the inconvenient political and ethical correctness which they officially claim to believe in while plotting against the future of the next generation for their own benefit.Underneath the polished surface, we discover real life witches in all shapes and forms each time we check the news And that is what Roald Dahl s sense of humour is based on His characters may be unlikely, but they are not entirely impossible There is a hint of truth in the bizarre story of witches who want to exterminate the stink of children Everyone loves children, and nobody wants to hurt them that is aabsurd statement than the witches mission if we just take into account human ACTIONS as opposed to official STATEMENTS during the past thousand years or so So, beware of witches And you never know if I am not one myself, hiding behind the warning like Iago talking about jealousy, that green eyed monster, that he stirred up himself

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    I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch All I am saying is that she might be one It is most unlikely But here comes the big but not impossible. After the tragic loss of his parents, a young boy goes to live with his much beloved grandmother He soon learns of the impossible witches exist And they re sole joy in life is to find ways to make children disappear Preferably in nasty and mysterious ways.We soon discovers how to recognize a wit I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch All I am saying is that she might be one It is most unlikely But here comes the big but not impossible. After the tragic loss of his parents, a young boy goes to live with his much beloved grandmother He soon learns of the impossible witches exist And they re sole joy in life is to find ways to make children disappear Preferably in nasty and mysterious ways.We soon discovers how to recognize a witch they have clawed hands which they hide under gloves, they disguise their toe less feet in pointy shoes and their spit has a faint blueish sheen They excel at hiding in plain sight REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women They live in ordinary houses and they work in ORDINARY JOBSHis fiercely protective grandmother does her absolute best to protect her grandson arming him with enough knowledge to recognize and evade capture of one terrifyingly normal looking neighborhood witch During one summer vacation, things becomes significantly hairythan expected An absolute delight to read Dahl truly outdoes himself combining the right amount of sweet and scary The grandmother grandson relation was absolutely splendid Highly, highly recommended It doesn t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you. Audiobook CommentsLike the other Dahl books this is a full production presentation of the novel Plenty of side effects and the characterizations were wonderful though the Grand Witch was a bit difficult to understand I felt like such an oldie by having to rewind it to hear what she said The Finer Books Club 2018 Reading Challenge A banned book

  8. says:

    I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl s books When reading this book I realized that I definitely read this when I was in elementary school It brought back some memories I loved this book and the creativity and that Roald does with this story line.

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    My introduction to the fiction of Roald Dahl is The Witches and this is one of those books whose language and imagination are so exotic that I wanted to scribble down every paragraph, until the story pulled me in and I surrendered to its spell Published in 1983 with illustrations by Quentin Blake, I was presented a 30th anniversary edition for Christmas by a dear friend on Goodreads which includes Blake s etchings Without the mischievous charcoal drawings to accompany it, Dahl s text alone w My introduction to the fiction of Roald Dahl is The Witches and this is one of those books whose language and imagination are so exotic that I wanted to scribble down every paragraph, until the story pulled me in and I surrendered to its spell Published in 1983 with illustrations by Quentin Blake, I was presented a 30th anniversary edition for Christmas by a dear friend on Goodreads which includes Blake s etchings Without the mischievous charcoal drawings to accompany it, Dahl s text alone would be one of the scariest books I ve read, electrified with truths only children know about the treachery of adults and the irrational evils of the world.The story is spun by a seven year old British boy whose expertise with REAL WITCHES begins when he travels with his parents to visit his material grandmother in Norway for Christmas Orphaned in a car accident north of Oslo, the boy is adopted by his grandmother, a big, loving, cigar smoking lady who takes her grandson s mind off tragedy with her stories Eventually, Grandmamma arrives on the subject of witches As huge snowflakes fall outside, she cautions the boy that witches are still around and children must be wary of them, as witches despise children, sniffing them out as if they reeked of dog droppings and doing despicable things to them like transforming them into animals.Content to sit at the feet of his grandmother with the missing thumb and listen to her yarns, the boy is instructed by a family attorney that he is to return to England for his education Grandmamma goes with him, warning her grandson that they must remain vigilant, as there is a Secret Society of Witches in every country English witches are on a first name basis, swapping deadly recipes and plotting to kill children under the direction of The Grand High Witch of All The World, who presides over their secret meetings By Easter, life has almost returned to normal The boy busies himself constructing a tree house in a big conker tree in their garden Alone I worked away, nailing the first plank on the roof Then suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of a woman standing immediately below me She was looking up and me and smiling in the most peculiar way When most people smile, their lips go out sideways This woman s lips went upwards and downwards, showing all her front teeth and gums The gums were like raw meat.It is always a shock to discover you are being watched when you think you are alone.And what was this strange woman doing in our garden anyway I noticed that she was wearing a small black hat and she had black gloves on her hands and the gloves came up to her elbows.Gloves She was wearing gloves I froze all over I have a present for you, she said, still staring at me, still smiling, still showing her teeth and gums.I didn t answer Come down out of that tree, little boy, she said, and I shall give you the most exciting present you ve ever had Her voice had a curious rasping quality It made a sort of metallic sound, as though her throat was full of thumbtacks.The boy survives his encounter in the garden and averts tragedy when his grandmother falls ill with the flu Unable to take him to the magical places in Norway she s reveled about when summer arrives, she books passage to the seaside town of Bournemouth, where they check in to the Hotel Magnificent For company, his grandmother gives the boy two white mice, which he names William and Mary Searching for somewhere he can train his mice far from the prying eyes of hotel management, the boy sneaks into an empty ballroom, reserved for the annual meeting of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.Hiding behind a screen, the boy and his White Mouse Circus are unseen as the hotel manager escorts a great flock of ladies into the ballroom Once they think they re alone, the ladies secure the door with a chain The boy notices that all of the women wear gloves, just as his grandmother warned him witches do, and scratch at the bald scalps under their wigs, just as witches do A stylish young lady addresses the meeting, removing her gloves to reveal claws for fingers and taking off her mask to reveal a cankered and worm eaten face The Grand High Witch herself goes into a fury with the others for their failure to eradicate England of its children.Advising the witches to quit their day jobs and open candy stores, the Grand High Witch introduces a concoction she calls Formula 86 Delayed Mouse Maker This will transform English children to imbibe it into mice, once they re far away from the scene of the crime The High Witch tests the stuff out on a gluttonous boy named Bruno Jenkins, lured to his fate by the promise of chocolate As the meeting breaks up, the boy s scent concealed by virtue of his not bathing for days finally gives him away and set upon by witches, he is transformed into a mouse too Finding he quite enjoys being a mouse, the boy reunites with his grandmother, who sees an opportunity All the rooms in the Hotel Magnificent had small private balconies My grandmother carried me through into my own bedroom and out onto my balcony We both peered down to the balcony immediately below Now if that isher room, I said, then I ll bet I could climb down there and somehow get in And get caught all over again, my grandmother said I won t allow it At this moment, I said, all the witches are down on the Sunshine Terrace having tea with the Manager The Grand High Witch probably won t be back until six o clock, or just before That s when she s going to dish out supplies of the foul formula to the ancient ones who are too old to climb trees after gruntles eggs And what if you did manage to get into her room my grandmother said What then Then I should try to find the place where she keeps her supply of Delayed Action Mouse Maker, and if I succeeded, then I would steal one bottle of it and bring it back here Could you carry it I think so, I said It s a very small bottle I m frightened of that stuff, my grandmother said What would you do with it if you did manage to get it One bottle is enough for five hundred people, I said That would give each and every witch down there a double dose at least We could turn them all into mice My grandmother jumped about an inch in the air We were out on my balcony and there was a drop of about a million feet below us and I very nearly bounced out of her hand over the railings when she jumped.Roald Dahl is the truth I loved how fantasy is used here to strip away the deceit and corruption of the adult world, as opposed to using fantasy for escapism In Dahl s world, there are no gifted children but normal ones, and magical instruments are in the hands of adults, who use them to victimize the meek The book is terribly frightening, particularly the appearance of a witch under a boy s treehouse, but Dahl softens his delivery with language that is witty and delightful, meant to beguile rather than unsettle the reader All over the Dining Room women were screaming and strong men were turning white in the face and shouting, It s crazy This can t happen Let s get the heck out of here quick Waiters were attacking the mice with chairs and wine bottles and anything else that came to hand I saw a chef in a tall white hat rushing out from the kitchen brandishing a frying pan, and another one just behind himwielding a carving knife above his head, and everyone was yelling, Mice Mice Mice We must get rid of the mice Only the children in the room were really enjoying it They all seemed to know instinctively that something good was going on right there in front of them and they were clapping and cheering and laughing like mad.In addition to his craft with language, Dahl is able to express his love for children even as particularly ghastly things happen to children in his stories Bad stuff happen when you re a kid, but ingenuity and a good heart are the keys to a better world, while greed ultimately leads to a dead end A film version of The Witches produced by Jim Henson was released in 1990, the year both Dahl and Henson would pass away, at the ages of 74 and 53, respectively While the ending of the film was changed to reassure audiences, Dahl s vision is magical, exciting and affirms that change, while terrifying, is a natural part of the world

  10. says:

    I was a very sheltered child Or was I a wuss I was probably a wuss For instance, when I was a little tot, Sammy Terry scared the shit out of me I remember being frightened by commercials of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, and the one time I inadvertently saw part of a Friday the 13th movie on TV Fogettaboutit Nightmares for weeks But that all came later But this book Oh, this was traumatic shit I was in preschool, probably 4 years old, when the teacher decided to read us The Witche I was a very sheltered child Or was I a wuss I was probably a wuss For instance, when I was a little tot, Sammy Terry scared the shit out of me I remember being frightened by commercials of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, and the one time I inadvertently saw part of a Friday the 13th movie on TV Fogettaboutit Nightmares for weeks But that all came later But this book Oh, this was traumatic shit I was in preschool, probably 4 years old, when the teacher decided to read us The Witches Every day we d sit on the carpet and listen to a little bit , andwell, witches Witches were frickin scary at four, it didn t matter how cartoony they looked on the cover I knew that real witches were scary looking and ugly And SPOILER ALERT when that one kid got turned into a mouse, it scared me so bad I cried I cried in front of the other kids, and they all thought I was a wuss When I got home, I told my mom about crying in front of the class, and SHE WAS SOOOOO pissed She called the teacher that night and expressed her displeasure with great verbosity and eloquence, probably traumatizing the teacher every bit as much as The Witches traumatized me What happened the next day We switched books I can t remember the book that followed The Witches it didn t scare me, whatever it was Nobody found out what happened to the little kid who got turned into a mouse For me, he will forever be a mouse But at least we little chillens didn t have to hear about anywitches.A happy ending More of an ambiguous one Just a couple weeks later, my parents withdrew me from the school after I, in passing, told mom that the teacher gave her two favorite students ice cream bars during lunch, but never gave anyone else one I wasn t a tattle tale, I promise I was just very talkative And a wuss

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