The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches

Written by Roald Dahl
Illustrated by Quentin Blake

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The Witches, first published in 1983 and is reissued here for the Roald Dahl Centenary, and as with many of Dahl's works it is wonderfully illustrated throughout by Quentin Blake. A young boy and his grandmother uncover a plot by The Witches to get rid of every single child on earth.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The scary thing about ‘real witches' is that they look quite ordinary. So watch out! Dahl gives the reader some clues (witches are bald, so wear wigs; claw-nailed, so wear gloves), nevertheless our hero gets caught by ‘the ladies' and turned into a mouse. But he and his ancient, fat. cigar¬smoking grandmother survive to plan their revenge!


The Witches by Roald Dahl

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The Witches by Roald Dahl is the story of a detestable breed of Witches. Beware. Real witches dress in ordinary clothes and look like ordinary women. But they are not ordinary. They are always plotting and scheming with murderous, bloodthirsty thoughts - and they hate children. The Grand High Witch hates children most of all and plans to make every single one of you disappear. Only one boy and his grandmother can stop her, but if their plan fails the Grand High Witch will frizzle them like fritters, and then what...? good?

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A true genius...Roald Dahl is my hero - David Walliams

About the Author

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents – the child of a second marriage. His father and elder sister died when Roald was just three. His mother was left to raise two stepchildren and her own four children. Roald was her only son.

He had an unhappy time at school - at Llandaff Cathedral School, at St Peter’s prep school in Weston-super-Mare and then at Repton in Derbyshire.

Dahl’s unhappy time at school was to influence his writing greatly. He once said that what distinguished him from most other children’s writers was “this business of remembering what it was like to be young”. Roald’s childhood and schooldays are the subject of his autobiography Boy.

Since Roald Dahl’s death, his books have more than maintained their popularity. Total sales of the UK editions are around 37 million, with more than 1 million copies sold every year! Sales have grown particularly strongly in America where Dahl books are now achieving the bestselling status that curiously proved elusive during the author’s lifetime.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

11th February 2016




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