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The Witches 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 centrepiece 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 farpoignant 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 Agesto , or read aloud to younger children Susan HarrisonThis 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 waysThe bond between the boy and his grandmother becomes the centrepiece 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 farpoignant than eerieOf 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 Agesto , or read aloud to younger children

  • Hardcover
  • 220 pages
  • The Witches
  • Roald Dahl
  • English
  • 03 September 2019

About the Author: Roald Dahl

The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author His fabulously popular children s books are read by children all over the world Some of his better known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.He died in November 1990.