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7 stars

The Witches

AR: 4.7
Lexile: 740
RC: 5.5
by Roald Dahl     Illus. by Quentin Blake
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Adventurous Funny Fantasy

ALA Notable Book

A young boy lives with his Norwegian grandmother who smokes big black cigars and tells fantastic stories about witches. The weird thing is that Grandmama believes that witches really exist and that they live among us with their square feet and wigs hiding their bald heads! When the grandmother and boy go on vacation in England, the boy discovers that the witches really are real, and they are planning on turning all the children in England into mice!


This is a fun, easy to read book. It was not as funny as some of Roald Dahl's other books. However, there was a good amount of adventure and suspense. The end was totally satisfying, even though it wasn't a typical "happy" ending. (I preferred this original ending to the one in the movie, "The Witches".) Though it wasn't a great book, it was definitely worth reading. If you want a good Halloween read, try The Witches.

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(Last modified:09/01/2007)


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