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'The Witches' is a heroic tale. A schoolboy is transformed into a tiny mouse (with, however, the mind and language of a very bright child), and through his extraordinary bravery, he manages to save all the children of England from the same fate. Under the surface of this deceptively simple tale, which whizzes along and is great fun to read, lurks an interesting metaphor. This is the equation of childhood with mousedom. A child may be smaller than all the witchy, horrifying adults, but he can certainly outwit them. He is tiny and crushable, but he is also fast and well-nigh invisible. With the assistance of his benevolent Grandmamma (who hoists him up to things he can't reach, secretes him in her handbag, feeds and cuddles him), he is able to outsmart nearly the whole adult world . . . The boy doesn't mind being a mouse, he says, because 'It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.' And, indeed, the hero of this tale is loved. Whether as a boy or a mouse, he experiences the most extraordinary and unqualified approval from his grandmother--the sort of unconditional love adults and children alike crave. (Erica Jong The New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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.

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This Is The Real Dahl May 19 2015
By Pop Bop - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Every now and then you encounter a Dahl book like, say, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, that's light and cheerful and bright, and you think to yourself, "what's with this?". Dahl is dark and macabre and gruesome, with twisty humor and barely suppressed edginess. Well, "The Witches" is all Dahl, all the time. Witches hate children. When they turn a kid into a mouse he stays a mouse. Our boy hero is up against some particularly nasty witches, and he has to fight fire with fire. It's exciting and it's funny and it's gruesome and suspenseful and it's everything you love and expect from Dahl.

This is a nice choice as an introduction to Dahl. It's actually longer than books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but it reads faster. Maybe that's because some books, like "Charlie...", have a lot of twists and turns and just seem busier. This book moves along at a brisk pace with a clear plot and straightforward action. That's why I suggest it as a possible first Dahl book, along with, maybe, The BFG.

So, while Dahl isn't for everyone he's certainly worth trying. And this is a nice option.
Magic and fun Oct. 2 2014
By Sarah M. Ruggles - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Can you believe that I never read The Witches by Roald Dahl as a child?! I really missed out, you guys! What a fun and crazy novel! I don't know what else I expected from Roald Dahl... he's always so creative in his stories.

The Witches is the story of a young boy who moves in with his Norwegian grandmother when his parents die in a car crash. His grandmother warns him of the danger of modern witches and their secret lives among the rest of us. After several run-ins with witches, the young boy finds himself face to face with the Grand High Witch.

This story is magic and fun and just the right amount of scary. The great part about Roald Dahl is that he's so honest to children. He's real with them about things that we, as adults, find hard to communicate to children. I loved it. Everyone should read this novel at least once in their lives.

Fun for the Whole Family April 30 2015
By BookFan66 - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Miranda Richardson does an incredible job narrating this creepy, fun-filled story. With awesome sound effects and the brilliant dialogue from Roald Dahl, make sure you have this audiobook in your car, especially for long road trips. It makes the journey much more fun!
classic May 23 2015
By Cyclist50 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the best children's books on the market. It prompted my son to learn to read because he didn't want to wait for someone to read the next chapter to him.
Audio cd Feb. 17 2015
By Wendy Carew - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love this audio cd! The narrator does an excellent job. Very exciting to listen to!