The Witches

The Witches

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Overview

“Roald Dahl sometimes shared a tonal kinship with Ogden Nash, and he could demonstrate a verbal inventiveness nearly Seussian…[His] stories work better in audio than in print.” –The New York Times

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611761863
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 4
Sales rank: 1,084,012
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(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 PeachMatildaThe 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: www.roalddahl.com

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. 205 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.
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!
BethsLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great book! A little boy and his grandmother work together to try and destroy witches all over the world. Unlike some children's books, this book portrays witches as creepy, scary, and mean. This makes it perfect for an older child. The story of the boy and his grandmother really touches the heart. It's a great read for autumn and I will definitely be reading it with my daughter when she is older.
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another dark and brilliant Roald Dahl book, this time we follow a boy to England who encounters an elaborate organization of witches with a plot to exterminate all children. Full of exciting adventures, fantastic lists, and pontifications. Useful in class to learn about Norway, England, and Roald Dahl. Students could make up their own organizations with elaborate rules and such.
mdomsky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Real witches are demons in disguise who like to kill children. Despite his grandmother's extensive knowledge of witches, a small boy finds himself caught in the witches annual meeting, and must find a way to escape and stop the witches newest, diabolical plan. A Roald Dahl classic.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hang on to your brooms as Grandma of Norway teaches her grandson a thing or two or four about REAL witches:They have clawsThey have square feetThey wear wigs because they have no hair andThey HATE childrenCompeting in hilarity with granny Mazar of the Evanovich series, Grandma of Norway travels with her grandson right into the heart of a witches convention where all chaos breaks loose.This is a light, breezy fun read. Dahl is a master craftsman of image and wordsmith extraordinaire!
neverlistless on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw others here on LT discussing this book recently and just had to read it. I remember the movie as a young child and how much fun it was; this book didn't disappoint. Dahl did a wonderful job of telling the absurd story of a young boy who learns about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES hate children and concoct ways to rid the world of as many children as possible. One day, the boy and his grandmother go to an English hotel for vacation. It just so happens that the annual meeting for all REAL WITCHES in England is at that very hotel.This was good fun and easy to read. It was very descriptive and the adventure unfolded brightly and clearly. Very nice escape for today.
skyblue621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ithink that the witches book is the most fanrastic book by roal dahl because it's mystical. The best thing about it is that the the boy in the story is trying to train his mice when the witches come in discised as the CTCP (Crulty To Children Porgram) although the grand high witch says to take off the wigs, the shoes and the gloves and sice that the boy knows about witches because his grandmother says that shes seen a witch wich explains about the missing thumb she has. but i think thats it a great booklet.
lisajoanne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't call this Roald Dahl's best, but it's certainly up there. What an incredibly creative man! I'll be honest ... I read this book a LONG time ago, but it is truly fantastic. For younger kids, it gets a little scary toward the end, but all in all, this is a pretty good book.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite of Roald Dahl's books. I liked this one as a child and revisited it on audio. The recording is perfectly fine - no complaints. The narrator does an admirable job of accents and voices. And, for me, just listening to an English narrator is nice. The story is scarier than I remember it being and might be a good choice for inclusion on a slightly-scary book list.
Melanie_MacDonald on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Witches by Roald Dahl tells the tale of a young boy and his grandmother, and their efforts to destroy the evil witches of the world. Grandmother knows so much about witches ¿ about how to spot them, and what they are really like underneath their disguises, and she tells her young grandson all about these evil creatures who are known to hate children. While on vacation at a quaint little hotel, the young grandson discovers that all the witches of England have gathered at a conference in the very hotel they are staying in. He overhears their plan to turn all the kids of England into mice with a potion, but when he tries to escape and tell his grandmother, the evil witches capture him and turn him into a mouse. He escapes, and still able to talk and think like a human, he finds his grandmother and tells her about what has happened. Together, they hatch a plan to kill the evil witches at the conference, and all over the world.This is a fun story for readers, with excellent narration from a child¿s point of view. It is funny and witty, highly imaginative with great detail about the real witches of the world. Dahl¿s story jumps off the page, and you can actually see how gruesome the witches are. The young boy¿s grandmother is his greatest ally, and she is portrayed in a way unlike most grandmothers ¿ she smokes cigars, doesn¿t care if her grandson bathes, and is thrilled to get the chance to take down the Grand High Witch. She is delighted to spend her remaining years as a witch-hunter with her mouse grandson. The illustrations flow very well with this story, while still leaving much to the reader¿s imagination. Overall, it is a good story, a little scary at times and perfect for an audience of eight to twelve year olds.The Witches has won awards including the ALA Notable Children¿s Books in 1984, Costa Book Awards Children¿s Book Award, and the Western Australian Young Reader¿s Book Award.
6h.library on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Witches is a thrilling and heart warming book written by the talented author, Roald Dahl. The Witches is about a young boy who tragically lost his parents in a car crash leaving him to live with his kind grandmother who lives in Norway. His grandmother tells him stories about witches and how to notice them. I recommend this book to all people aged above 9.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first reading of The Witches, and as with others of Dahl¿s books, I found it darkly humorous. Dahl doesn¿t pull any punches. His witches are real, grotesque and out to do away with all the children of the world. The main character, a little orphaned boy, isn¿t just threatened with being turned into a mouse ¿ he is turned into a mouse! The only time I got creeped out was when the mouse-boy was contemplating his now-shortened lifespan and decided he wanted to die at the same time as his grandmother, who was taking care of him. My only complaint about The Witches was that it either went on for too long or not long enough. The end is a rather long detailing of the mouse-boy¿s and his grandmother¿s plans to do away with the remaining witches, but we never see those plans carried out. I presume they were successful since no children I know have been disappeared by witches. Overall, though, this is a dark but fun read for children.
famous5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it is a very exciting book,full of surprises.
mich_yms on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Witches are women who hate children. Yes, they are always women, and children to them smell like dog¿s droppings. Dahl even has an entire chapter dedicated to telling us `How to Recognise a Witch¿!Our boy in this story gets turned into a mouse in a very unfortunate turn of events, but he doesn¿t seem to be the least bit disturbed about being turned into a mouse. No sir-ree! No more homework, no more school. What more could a boy want?Our Grandmamma herself used to be a witchophile and knows all about witches. And so though she is surprised to see her dearest grandson now a mouse, she is able to accept it. Better still, they now hatch a plan to get rid of the witches of England, together with The Grand High Witch of All The World!You just can¿t help but read and read and read till you get to the end.
PuffyBear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really, really, good. I think that is because Roald Dahl describes things really well. I really enjoyed it. In this book there is a boy with no parents that lives with his grandmother. There there are witches. The boy hears about the witches newest plan. Will he be able to stop them?