The Witches by Roald Dahl
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.
It has recently come to my attention that I have missed some great books during my child. In an effort to fill in some of the gaps, I have decided to go back and read some of these great books. I have to say that I have only read Matilda by Roald Dahl. I love that book so much that I have decided to read Dahl’s backlist.
The Witches by Roald Dahl is an entertaining read for an afternoon, but not much else. The Witches certainly put a smile on my face. It is a story about a young boy, his grandmother, witches, and a dastardly plot formed by said witches. For me this book doesn’t come close to Matilda; however, it is a solid read.
Recommended For: Either readers looking for a nostalgic read or readers with children in elementary school.