The WitchesThe Witches by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
Published by Scholastic Inc. on October 27, 1997
Pages: 208

This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don't ride around on broomsticks. They don't even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you're face to face with one? Well, if you don't know yet you'd better find out quickly-because there's nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she'll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them.

I’m back with yet another book review, thankfully I’m catching up on my Goodreads and reading challenge goals for the year at the very least. This year in addition to finishing a couple of series and working on the Paper & Glam book club and the Creating & Co book club I also decided to take on Rachel Dawson’s reading challenge. If it gets me reading more diverse and interesting books I’m all for it. This book completed the challenge of reading a book that was published in the year you were born. I probably could double this up since this is also a children’s book, but I have another book in mind for that.

I chose this book because not only was it published in 1983, but also because Roald Dahl is a quintessential children’s author. You may have recognized his name from such works as James & the Giant Peach or Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. I had never heard of this book , but apparently it is another classic and also has a movie adaptation. The version I chose to read had an introduction and notes from James Patterson.

In the book, we meet our young hero who has spend a good portion of his youth growing up in England before his parents are killed in a tragic car accident and then he is sent to live with his Grandmama. His Grandmama would like to raise him in Norway, but his parents’ will dictate that the child be raised in England. While in England, Grandmama teaches the young boy everything she knows about witches, so that he can protect himself. Unfortunately, it is on his second encounter with witches that he is turned into a mouse.

The 218 page book with an introduction by James Patterson and notes from the editor Stephen Roxburgh make for a quick read and also add to the interest of reading Roald Dahl books. If you haven’t read a Roald Dahl book in your life I highly recommend picking one up. If you haven’t read The Witches I would definitely recommend this fanciful tale surely to have you turning pages and wanting to dive more into the world of Roald Dahl.

Let me know if you have read the book or seen the movie adaptation. I hope to see you soon!


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