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The Witches Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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The young narrator in this story, who's been warned about witches by his Grandmamma, ends up at a hotel where the witches of England are holding their convention. Dahl reveals his dark side here. His description of the witches' hatred for children makes one's blood run cold; in Dahl's story, once you are turned into a mouse, you stay a mouse. Lynn Redgrave is in her element with this tale, dramatizing all the characters and their varied voices, from Norwegian Grandmamma to the Grand High Witch. Redgrave doesn't hit a wrong note, and she's particularly good at bringing alive the voices of children without ever sounding condescending. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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.See all Product Description
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His grandmother always warned the boy about suspecting nice women who offer him candy - check for gloves, wigs and pinched feet. He is able to avoid the witches until his grandmother becomes ill and they go to a seaside resort where the English witches are having a convention just like normal people in the hotel. Stunned, the boy overhears the grand witch's plot to eliminate all of the children in England by feeding them candy that will turn them into mice! When he is discovered, the boy knows that the witches are going to kill him, but they test the potion on him instead. Now in mouse form, the boy and his grandmother must use all of their wits and cleverness to defeat the witches' evil scheme!
The Witches is a highly entertaining book by the always inventive Roald Dahl. You would think that a book about witches would be scary, but Roald Dahl has just the right combination of humor and lightheartedness to balance out the scariness. I loved this book when I was growing up and have enjoyed sharing it with my younger siblings and nephews. It is true that it has a couple of slow parts as the author takes the time to set up the story, but the storyline is just so imaginative that you get caught up in the story and don't really notice until you have read it a couple of times.Read more ›
In its story, this novel is about a little boy who, after losing his parents in a car accident, has to live with his grandmother. A woman who reveals to him her Witch hunter past and how our world is filled with Witches. Dangerous demons that take the form of women and ambush children in cruel curses and potions. In one chapter, she even describes five examples of kids the witches had attacked. Five situations that impressed me for those monsters' nastiness, but which Dahl writes with honesty instead of some phony "Desperate Housewife" lie. To make us understand that these demons are dangerous and shameless.
Always unidentified, this narrator writes to us two encounters he had with witches; one he escaped, another he didn't. Suffering an attack that scarred him for life.
Through Quentin Blake's illustrations, the witches and characters take form; each artwork transposing Dahl's strong prose and descriptions. Indeed, some illustrations are powerful in their context as the witches perform their attacks, others are very touching interactions between the grandmother and her grandson. Of all those drawings, two hit me quite strongly. The first is what the unnamed narrator finds under a particular bed as our brain tries to imagine what happened to those creatures he finds underneath it. If they are even still alive after the story.Read more ›
This book The Witches is a good book because it shows the persons character really clearly. One example from the book is the little boy went and tried to save Bruno. That clearly explains that the little boy is brave because he risks his life just to save Bruno. This book is has sophisticated characters.
This book is impressed me because it has a really interesting problem. The problem is amazing because it is suspenseful and, would want you to read more. The best part about the problem was how everything flowed together. One example is when Bruno got turned into a mouse and, the only person they thought could save him got turned into a mouse. I thought that was really suspenseful because I was wondering before I read the end, how will they turn back to humans. The Witches is a book that flows really well together.
What I enjoyed is how the book solved the problem in a unique way that no other book has. I think every book should solve the problem in a unique way or it isn't a book worth reading. I think how this solved the book was really good because it gives a straight forward ending to the problem. I would tell but don't want to ruin the book for you.
Another reason The Witches is such an interesting book is because it tells everything in detail. One example is when they brought Bruno in. They actually really describe how Bruno acts like a pig and would do anything for food.Read more ›
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Like most of Roald Dahl's books, 'The Witches' is about good overcoming evil. It's an interesting story for 7 to 12 year olds. Read morePublished 21 months ago by RACHELLE ZWAIGENBAUM
This is a great, cute story for young or old readers! Recommended for late public school students. Ronald Dahl has many great small novels. Also check out the BFG!Published on June 9 2014 by AJ
Great book!! I remember this one from my childhood. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone. Great read thanks.Published on May 17 2014 by Lorna McKenzie
I purchased the book because I first saw the movie with my children , the book goes a lot more into detail and slightly differs from the movie in parts. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2014 by Lisa
i have the movie and now the book of my own. yes buy this book its a really good story catches you into the book, takes you along for ride with the moments. Read morePublished on April 17 2013 by murrychief
One of the best books by Roald Dahl!! He is so awesome, what more can I say. This book is laugh out loud funny, even for adults! Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2010 by lookingforgoodbooks
Witches are make believe people that can do magic, but once you read The Witches by Roahl Dahl you might rethink what you believe in. Read more
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