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This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! "In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch." Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him. Ages 7-12. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"How is it it's so real you think it must be true ... and so fantastic you can't begin to guess what will happen next?" New Statesman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0740 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590032496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142410110
  • ASIN: 014241011X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Matha on March 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for the purpose of reading it allowed to my daughter who is 5. Boy did we BOTH enjoy it. I found myself laughing out loud to many parts in this book, what a fun sense of humor! It read very quickly. It is interesting he (the author) uses his heritage of Norwegian parents and living in Wales. The book takes place between Norway and England. Even though I am not completely for making witches the vile things as he presented, his sense of humor made it a very worth while read. We really really enjoyed this book and will be looking for his other works.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Witches is a fantasy story by Roald Dahl where this average boy gets turned into a mouse at the annual witch meeting being held at a hotel in England. After the boy's parents died, he travels from Norway to England with his grandmother. The boy meets up with a gang of witches that aren't scary, but they do have a big secret and a very special formula to turn children into mice. The repugnant witches' plan is to buy a candy store to entice children. Children are not the witches' favorite type of people.

The boy and his grandmother want revenge on these witches. This involves some drastic measures that include the hotel kitchen, a humongous pot of soup and some formula. The metamorphosis of the witches will make you want to cheer for the boy and his magnificently brave plan.

I would recommend this book to many other people because it is a great adventure and you won't want to stop reading it. This is a wonderful book to read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rzaster on November 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Witches by Roald Dahl was a true treat for me. One day while bored I came across this book and voila, I read it. It has a truly funny story that any child or adult alike would love. The book is about "a boy,"(the boy is not named) and his grandmother who encounter The Witches. The boy accidentaly gets into a top secret meeting of the witches and learns their new plan. He must stop them immediatly. With the help from his grandmother and food loving bruno(who was turned into a mouse by the witches with the secret formula) fight all the witches and bring the highest witch down. They finally succeed and the witches get a taste of their own medicine. This book is a really funny book that all people will enjoy!
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Katie T. on April 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the third Roald Dahl book I have read. The first was called Matilda, and I think it is his most famous. I have also read George's Marvelous Medicine. The Witches is a funny book and has wonderful drawings.
The witches in this book wore wigs and pointed shoes to hide their bald heads and square feet with no toes! The witches in this book had eyes that changed colours, and were mean and mischivious. The witches in this book where cruel to children and turned them into mice. They live in a castle in Norway. The other characters in this story are a grandmother, her 7-year-old grandson, and the grandson's friend, Bruno. The witches were having a meeting in the hotel where the others where staying. The witches turned the children into mice, but in the end the children get even.
I really enjoyed this book. Roald Dahl is a wonderful children's writer. I would recommend all his books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pranav Tadiparthy on March 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Witches
By: Roald Dahl
Reviewed by: P. Tadiparthy
Period: 5
In the beginning of this book there is a little boy who loses his parents in a car accident when he is about 7 years old. Then he gets sent to his Grandma to live with her. After a couple of days his grandma receives a letter that is actually the little boy's dad's will paper. When she says that they have to move back to his old house he gets mad. He knows his grandma doesn't like to leave her house, but he still goes because he has no other choice. When they get to their new house the grandma tells the little boy all about witches. She tells him how to recognize them and what they are like. Then the little boy goes wandering in their hotel and he finds a room where a meeting is going on. When he looks in the room their are a whole bunch of women standing there. He seems interested so he crawls in and hides behind a wall. When the women come and lock the door the boy gets a little scared. He is afraid that they will find him. The ladies take of all of their things and to the little boy's surprise, all the women are witches. They are having their yearly meeting about how to get rid of nasty little children. Witches think kids smell like dog droppings and their main mission in life is to kill all kids. This year the grand kid made a potion to change all the kids into mice. The little boy gets found and the witches change him into a mouse. When he finally escapes, as a mouse, he goes to his grandma and tells her all about it. He can still talk because his body was only changed. His grandma gets all scared, but he calms her down. Then the little boy comes up with a plan to turn all the witches into mice. He goes in the witches room and gets a bottle of the potion. Then, he and his grandma go to the dining area.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
While I was reading this book I was so amazed about all the info that the book gave about witches. It actualy seemed real. As if they were right in front of me. I love this book. I think this book i not just for people 9-12. I think this book is for all ages. I LOVE THIS BOOK. It is one of my FAVORITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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