Review: The Witches

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The Witches
The Witches by Roald Dahl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Roald Dahl is in my top 3 of favorite children’s authors. I had read a few of his books as a child, but most of my exposure occurred as a young adult and while in college.

The Witches was actually a book I read after the movie with Anjelica Huston was produced. I am a huge fan of her work, and when she appeared in this movie, I was fascinated with the story. I’d definitely recommend reading the book first as the movie takes the story so much further.

For one thing, the book has an unnamed narrator and grandmother, whereas the movie is very detailed on the history of the characters, the various types of relationships, etc. But both were still very good.

It combines so many wonderful things for kids to love — and to be scared of. Witches who can turn little boys into… well, I won’t ruin the surprise. Suffice it to say, this can be a bit of a scary theme.

Dahl’s style is so embracing and captivating. His characters are intense. The creativity and imagination from the works he’s produced over the years is quite astonishing.

The Grand High Witch runs the show here, and she won’t let you forget it. But it’s the grandmother and the boy who may hold all the power. A classic battle of good and evil with some fun thrown in between.

A definite read for kids. And adults. When I was taking a course in college on “Reading in the Elementary School,” I had to read 150 children’s books and produce a portfolio showing a lesson plan for each book. Dahl featured in many of the lessons and books I had chosen, as I tried to incorporate some Newbery and Caldecott winners, but not all. What a joy to re-read these classics as a 21 year old thinking about becoming a teacher. Though I didn’t stay in the teaching field (and possibly regret it to some degree), I will always go back to these books and this time period as one of the favorite parts of life.

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6 thoughts on “Review: The Witches

    BrizzleLass said:
    April 22, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    This still remains one of my all time favourite books and I’m almost forty! I love everything about it from the quite gruesome witches, to the humour.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 22, 2017 at 6:07 PM

      Me too! The whole over the top yet balanced fun. Good to meet you. Will check out your site more later. Thanks for stopping by.

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    jeanleesworld said:
    April 23, 2017 at 6:29 AM

    A favorite of mine, as well! It’s a shame the book’s ending didn’t carry over into the film.

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    Rae Longest said:
    April 26, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    I thought I’d read most of Dahl, but I haven’t read this one. Will definitely do so! Thanks for putting me on to this book.

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