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The Witches Kindle Edition
"One child a week is fifty-two a year. Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear."
This is a story about REAL WITCHES.
Real witches dress in ordinary clothes, have ordinary jobs and look very much like ordinary people.
But they are far from ORDINARY . . .
The Grand High Witch, leader of all the witches, has a plan to make each and every child disappear.
That is, unless one boy and his grandmother can stop her . . .
- ASIN : B002VISNLC
- Publisher : Puffin; 1st edition (6 September 2007)
- Language : English
- File size : 42586 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0241438810
- Best Sellers Rank: 30,766 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the classic tale by Roald Dahl. I really liked the first part but as it gets far the story kind of gets bad. Overall this book is amazing. I prefer this book for 5 to 9 years old. You will be amazed
This story is about a boy who saw and tried to defeat the witches. You might wander who these witches are. In this book witches are nasty group of womens who hate kids and the leader of the witches is a high grand witch and she is really disgusting. Now this is the time I felt Roald Dahl is a really good storyteller because I felt and saw how the high grand witch is so nasty and disgusting because of the word Roald Dahl used and how he wrote the dialogue for the high grand witch. First in this story there was a boy who lives with his gran and one day when he was climbing up the tree the woman came telling him to come down but he felt something bad with the woman so he yelled gran’s name and soon gran came and the woman was gone. The boy told his gran about the woman, they believed that the woman is the witch. Soon after that the boy and gran planned to take a holiday but gran was sick and had to rest so they stopped going to outersea and stayed at the hotel called hotel magnificent. At this hotel there was a meeting with so many women and the boy accidentally went into the hall and hid behind the screen. The woman came in almost seeing the boy and all the women took off the wigs, they all were bold. The boy was shocked because all the women were witches. The woman in front was the grand high witch and she took off his mask, as I said first the grand high witch was really disgusting and I want you to feel that when you read the book. The grand high witch eventually finds the boy and turns them into mice and the boy runs away, after that this in my opinion was the worst part that made the whole story bad, the gran and the boy didn’t even worry about him being a mouse and they planned to defeat all the witches in the world. Do you go to the witch's house even though your grandson turned into a mouse? They should try to fix the magic.
Overall this book is amazing but had a big problem at the end, I really enjoyed reading this but I would prefer buying the other Roald Dahl book as they are better than this. My favourite book by Roald Dahl is BFG and I have written a review for that too. I really want to see everyone reading this book will be enjoyed and happy, again I think Roald Dahl is the bestest storyteller in the world for any age.
My little sister enjoyed this story and she is 6 years old and even I did who is 11 years old. So I strongly believe that any age will love a story by RoaldDahl.
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Grandmama’s country of origin is important because Grandmama has stories to tell about her girlhood experiences of witches growing up there, Norway being some sort of high witch grand central. The premise behind her stories is to distract him from his sadness of losing his parents. This is marvellously dealt with because Grandmama’s stories sound almost too fantastical to be true until they return to Bournemouth, England, to honour the boy’s father’s will. There, the boy finds out first hand that witches are real, and that they are just as Grandmama has described them, innocuously like any other woman on the street except for their gloves that hide their claws, bald heads under wigs, strange eyes, and toeless square feet hidden in pointy shoes. And they are all out to rid the world of pesky children, who smell like dog poo to them.
I can see where David Walliams got his inspiration from in his equally engaging and endearing “Gangsta Granny”, but Dahl still wins hands-down for integrating all the elements of horror, the macabre and magical, together with the bravery of the boy and the love between him and Grandmama, the latter who never ever flinches or talks down to the boy the way you expect an adult to when speaking to her grandson, even when he is literally turned into a mouse by the wicked Grand High Witch.
An altogether lovely story to savour, and I’m glad I found the time to read it for the first time in my mellow adulthood, and still be able to appreciate the magic of it.
I liked the bit where the narrator was peeking through the screen in a hotel named Hotel Magnificent and saw the witches run their private RSPCC( Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children)meeting.
I disliked the bit when Bruno the mouse, the narrator's best friend, died of old age. It was devastating and almost impossible to believe! I didn't like that bit.
On the other hand, I love this book and would recommend that anyone who likes magic and adventure books to read it.
The story starts with the unnamed boy narrator (at the beginning where the main characters are introduced he is simply called "boy") being told about witches by his grandmama. But "this is not a fairy-tale" she is telling. "This is about REAL WITCHES" and "real witches hate children." They disguise themselves as women and make children disappear.
The grandmother is funny because she is so un-grandma-like as she puffs away on her black cigar.
After that bout of story-telling the book sees the boy come into contact with real witches. Not just one witch though as he gets stuck in a room with about 200 of them. He has to hide but witches can smell children out, and do just that. This is where the real witching begins and the dastardly things they do comes to the fore.
All-in-all a classic Roald Dahl tale with the scary enemy potentially being anywhere, hence a child's imagination running wild.
The Paperback - It has seen many different covers and this one is just a good as any of the others, Quentin Blake still attracts children who seem to be able to reckoning his work anywhere. The print is of good side and well looks good on the shelf!
The Audio Book - Have listened to many different versions over the years the most recent being Miranda Richardson but no one did this as well as Simon Callow. With his you just loose yourself in the story and his take on the Witches song 'Oh where have all the children gone' is hilarious! The only downside it's abridged where the newer Miranda Richardson version is unabridged but I would still pick Callow's version ever time.
Kindle - The same as the paperback just quicker to download it if you children are demanding to read it as mine were. illustrations are just as great, a couple of typos but nothing the drastic. Maybe being an older book now it could be a little cheaper for the ebook but worth every penny none the less.
My son is a huge fan of 'Roald Dahl' and thoroughly enjoys reading his books but he stopped reading this after the first few chapters, he said he didn't like the witch and the storyline as a whole, so he won't be recommending this book.