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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (Sept. 26 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611761867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611761863
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 14.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whitbread Award, American Library Association Notable Children’s Books, New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Books of the Year, New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year


“ ‘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.”

--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.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful June 25 2014
By Milo - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Hi im ten and i love this book. This book is about how a boy and his granny travel across the world catching witches.
The pair were so loyal and exciting that you wanted to come into the book and hug them and say "Catch them! That ones a witch but that one isnt and all that stuff and completely jack up the book for all the other people reading it.
The witches are so horrid and revolting that you may want to give them a good hard punch on the nose.
But sadly, all you can do is read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great English Humor June 30 2014
By Stonebridge Snob - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great book, funny read. Our 7 year old read this to himself and loved it. We have a very English sense of humor (on account of being English, I suppose) and this really suits our fancy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
good book May 31 2014
By GGillee - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The book was cute I liked how descriptive it was. I would recommend it for kids who have big imaginations and this book will make them think.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Roald Dahl does not disappoint Sept. 20 2014
By M. Treiber - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Roald Dahl writes wonderful books for children and adults connected to children. I've enjoyed the movie version of The Witches with a star turn by Angelica Huston as the Supreme Witch. References to the book itself in something I've been reading piqued my interest in reading the source book, and I was highly entertained. There's little sentiment here, just a straight-forward unfolding of facts accompanied by marvelous drawings -- I'm particularly delighted by the picture of the witches' feet with no toes. I have a couple of nephews who will be old enough soon to enjoy the grisly horror of witches and the idea of being a boy turned into a mouse, and I will be happy to give them copies of this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic author, great bonding opportunity and reminds me of ... Sept. 20 2014
By Brian Writer - Published on
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I have been reading various Roald Dahl books to my nearly 4 year old son now over the past few months. So far have read witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and now the BFG. Every one is a hit. Fantastic author, great bonding opportunity and reminds me of when I was a child being read to by my parents. Can't go wrong with these.