The Witches by Roald Dahl is a fast-paced novel kids will devour eagerly and clamor for more.
A seven-year old boy and his Norwegian Grandmother (known as Grandmamma in the novel) travel to the English coast for a get away. Unbeknownst to both of them, they are staying at the same hotel as the annual convention of witches for all of England.
Wanting to play with his pet mice, the boy (unnamed in the novel) hides in the hotel convention hall. In strolls the witches for their meetings and he overhears the witches’ plot to kill all of the children in England by turning them into mice and having them killed by humans. He, however, is sniffed out (literally) by the witches and turned himself into a mouse. Returning to his grandmamma, he hatches a plot to take down the witches by giving them a douse of their own medicine.
The boy says to his Grandmamma, “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.”
A master of fast-paced writing for children, Dahl writes a tale full of adventure and fun. Guaranteed to entertain and make you laugh. Classic kids literature at its best!
3 thoughts on “The Witches”
I had just started rereading all the Roald Dahl books and am also writing about them (haven’t posted anything yet!)
So far I have re-read Esio Trot Nd George’s Marvellous Medicine. Both completely different reading it from an adult perspective. I remember The Witches being my favourite and am excited to get there.
What age/grade level is this book?
Ages 9 and up is the recommended reading level.