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The Witches
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by: Roald Dahl


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Binding: Paperback
Brand: Puffin
EAN: 9780142410110
Edition: Reprint
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ISBN: 0590032496
Item Dimensions: 7685113755
Label: Puffin Books
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Puffin Books
MPN: 9780142410110
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 224
Publication Date: August 16, 2007
Publisher: Puffin Books
Release Date: August 16, 2007
Studio: Puffin Books

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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

Amazon.com Review:
"This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches." So begins one of Roald Dahl's best books ever, and, ironically, it is such a great story because the premise is perfectly plausible from the outset. When the narrator's parents die in a car crash on page two (contrast this terribly real demise with that of James's parents who are devoured by an escaped rhinoceros in James and the Giant Peach), he is taken in by his cigar-smoking Norwegian grandmother, who has learned a storyteller's respect for witches and is wise to their ways.

The bond between the boy and his grandmother becomes the centerpiece of the tale--a partnership of love and understanding that survives even the boy's unfortunate transformation into a mouse. And once the two have teamed up to outwitch the witches, the boy's declaration that he's glad he's a mouse because he will now live only as long as his grandmother is far more poignant than eerie.

Of course, there's adventure here along with Dahl's trademark cleverness and sense of the grotesque. Dahl also communicates some essential truths to children: if they smoke cigars, they'll never catch cold, and, most importantly, they should never bathe, because a clean child is far, far easier for a witch to smell than a dirty one. (Ages 7 to 10, or read aloud to younger children)



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