The Witches

by Roald Dahl illustrated by Quentin Blake

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Wild, wicked, and slightly sinister, this classic tale of a boy on a witch hunt is also filled with surprising moments of humor.

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This seven-year-old boy doesn't want to believe what his grandmother is telling him—that witches are real! And they look exactly like ordinary women—except for their bald heads, claw-like fingernails, and toe-less feet. All of which they keep well hidden.

Listening to his grandmother's stories—of spell-casting witches who detest children—the boy is caught somewhere between terror and disbelief. But when he stumbles into a witches' convention at the resort where he's staying, the boy quickly discovers that evil does exist…and the Grand High Witch has her sights set on him!

Wonderfully woven with magic, imagination, and expressive ink sketches, this book is a masterful mix of scary and silly.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 3 - 6
    • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-590-03249-0

Editorial Reviews

"It is a curious sort of tale but an honest one, which deals with matters of crucial importance to children: smallness, the existence of evil in the world, mourning, separation, death."—The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Born in Wales in 1916, Roald Dahl was a poet, a screenwriter, and a World War II flying ace before becoming one of the most popular children's book authors of all time. Told with a wonderfully offbeat sense of humor, his stories star kids who explore strange, fantastical words—often while facing off against awful adults.