The Witches

The Witches

Book - 2013
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Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they despise. Luckily one boy and his grandmother know how to recognize these vile creatures, but can they get rid of them for good?
Publisher: London : Puffin, 2013.
ISBN: 9780141346410
Characteristics: 199 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Blake, Quentin


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Mar 18, 2019

Loved this book as a child. I even bought the DVD of the 1990 movie with Anjelica Huston. Can’t wait to see how the upcoming remake will be handled.

Mar 06, 2019

This was such a lark to read even for an adult. The witches were such creepy malicious creatures described in a hilarious way. The most touching part of the story is the boy's relationship with his grandma. He got turned into a mouse in a confrontation with the witches. Despite his plight, he saw the positive side of being a mouse with the love of his grandma. The moral of the story is: It doesn't matter how you look as long as someone loves you.

This is a great book. It’s interesting and also kind of creepy. Even though I found this book was pretty predictable it was still fun to read. I also liked the end. I like that it wasn’t the happiest ending ever but it also wasn’t the worst ending ever. I like books where the main character doesn’t go away unharmed. I would also like to thank my teacher for suggesting this book to me because it’s great!!!!!

Apr 30, 2018

that is a nice book it is very fun to read. I love that book!

Feb 22, 2018

Wwwweeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrdddddddddd… but entertaining.

Sep 17, 2017

Wow, The Witches has got to be my favourite book ever. It was so smartly written that I honestly thinking Roald Dahl is some sort of genius! The Witches is a book about a young boy who lives with his grandmother since he lost his parents. His grandmother has told him stories of witches, evil women who kidnap and hate children; they wear square-fronted heels because they have no toes, and their spit is blue, and they wear wigs to cover their bald heads. One day, whilst the protagonist and his grandmother are on vacation, Bruno finds himself in the middle of the biggest witch meeting and hears their plan to turn children into mice. When he is discovered behind the stage curtain, the Witches use him as their experiment and he is turned into a mouse. If Bruno and his Grandmother don’t take down the Grand High Witch… you could be next. I love love love this book, highly recommend! Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

JCLLauraH Sep 15, 2017

I read this to my 7-year-old daughter and she loved it. It was a little scary with witches disposing of children in a variety of delightful ways (turning them to mice being one of them) but if you have a child who likes a bit of a fright, this is a good choice. Keep in mind it's a classic, so it has a bit of a harsher tone than some of the newer fiction for young children (for example, the word "stupid" is used a few times, which you hardly ever see in a book for young children anymore. It's a lot of fun to read aloud, and if you enjoy the book, there is also a relatively amusing movie to go along with it.

Jul 14, 2017

BEST BOOK EVER!!!! When I read it I read it agein.

May 01, 2017

Amazing book, I really recommend it. 😁😁😁

JCLJuliaB Dec 14, 2016

I adored this book as a child and love it just as much in adulthood.

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Nov 10, 2013

This book is excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Sep 20, 2011

Violence: Parents should note that the witches hate children and their purpose in life is to rid the world of them. The spells are not particularly gruesome, but the results and effects can be. Very young children might be too frightened and should not read this book without parental consent.


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