Reviews: The Witches

Rocki'n
About The Author

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, writer of short stories, screen writer and fighter pilot. He was born in Wales in 13th September 1916. Before writing he also served in the Air Force and fought in the World War two. He was a flying ace and also an intelligence agent. Known as one of the greatest storytellers for children, he was in the list of ‘The 50 greatest British writers since 1945’. Dahl’s books involve imagination and fantasy and they were humorous too. His first book for children was ‘The Gremlins’. Roald Dahl died on 23rd November 1990 due to a blood disease in Oxford, England. There is a Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery opened in his honor.

This is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them. Ronald Dahl has done it again! Winner of the 1983 Whitbread Award, the judges’ decision was unanimous: “funny, wise, deliciously disgusting, a real book for children. From the first paragraph to the last, we felt we were in the hands of a master”.
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 My Rating: 5/5
5 stars
The witches by Roald Dahl is a laugh riot. I couldn’t keep it down and the illustrations were funny
too.
The ideas in the book (For example,where an alarm clock is used so that the children would turn at a specific time ) should be ridiculous. But when Roald writes it,it suddenly makes sense.
Plot:
 A 7 year old discovers witches are real and he and his grandma try to get rid of them. It isn’t a nail-biting,’OMG! what will happen next?’ kind of story.Still,its engaging.
Characters:
Boy: a 7 year old who lives with his grandmother in Norway. I felt he was awfully brave for a 7 year old. He doesn’t mind being a mouse,which is really strange but roald’s writing doesn’t make it seem so sad.
 
Grandmother:
A tough old bird. She used to hunt witches in her prime years. I felt she was a weird grandmother,telling her grandson that witches were real and all.
The Grand High Witch: The most powerful of all witches.
I found her creepy and quite revolting. She is your typical villain who turns children into rats.
Roald’s clever play with words makes it impossible to put down. His writing is entertaining and fun. He is the world’s best storyteller!!
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