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This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches!

“In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch.”

Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.

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Comments on: "The witches – Roald Dahl" (44)

  1. this really grabbed my attention. then when i watched the movie, i realised that they are not too different but they do discribe the witches slightely differently. but overall i love this book. it has adventure for the little boy. and it might be scary in parts of the book, but still. if i could rate this book i would rate it a 7/10

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  2. The Witches is a really great book. I really enjoyed all the books written by Roald Dahl but this is one of my favourites. It is about a boy who lives with his grandma because he loses his parents. The witches are a bit scary in my opinion. They wear wigs and gloves to cover up their bald heads and long fingers. I rate this book 10/10.

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  3. Grace said:

    The witches is a great book!! Roald Dahl has so many great books and I think this is one of his best. The book has beautiful pictures!! It is a fantastic read and great for all people. It can be a little scary for really young kids, but it would also be too hard of a read for young kids. I would say that kids 10+ should read this book! It is engaging and you will love it so much!!!! It is the kind of book that will keep you entertained for a whole afternoon!! It is soo creative and the concept is so interesting that you will love it!! Please read this book if you haven’t because it will make you smile with every page!!!! It is soooo good I will give it a 10/10!! I really enjoyed this book!!

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  4. Holly said:

    The Witches written by Roald Dahl, is a fantastic book. The book is about a young boy and his grandmother tells him lot’s of history about witches. When he went on a vacation with his grandmother his worst nightmare occurs! They find out that this hotel is where the witches have their meetings. I wont say much more because you’ll just have to read the Witches to find out!

    I really loved reading this book, II found it very interesting. Ive read it several times and love the part when the boy first meets the witches. Once you’ve finished the book, why not get a snack and watch the movie! It’ is fantastic! Once youve read the book and seen the movie its great to compare.

    I loved this book, and movie! 8/10

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  5. This book was magical! I really liked all the characters apart from the witches. The whole story flowed really well and I loved the ending even though it was sad. It was a very creative story and I loved everything in it. I felt like I was part of the story. I just can’t say how much I loved this book and I rate it 10/10

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  6. Emily said:

    ‘Witches’ by Roald Dahl is one of my favourite stories, I still read it now and get caught up in the wonders of it. It is about a young boy named Luke and his Grandmother, Helga, they stay in a hotel but soon find out that there are witches staying in the same hotel as them. Luke listens in on their grand plan to make everyone into mice and soon becomes the hero of the story, except in the end he becomes a mouse but realises that its not so bad. Luke’s grandmother, Helga, is very kindhearted and would do anything for her grandson.This book is fun and adventurous. I would recommend it to children aged 7-12. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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  7. Grace said:

    I loved reading The Witches as a child. One of my all time favourite Roald Dahl stories. It is an unrealistic tale, but still a classic. It’s about a little boy whose Grandmother tells him all about Witches. Then the boy starts noticing witches all around him. It’s creative, funny and very well written. I would recommend this to anyone that has enjoyed other books written by Roald Dahl. I would also rate it an 8/10.

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  8. The witches is one of my all time favourite books from when I was a kid, although I did have a few nightmares after reading this novel. I found this novel so intriguing and full of surprises, this novel is really cute and about the adventure of a young boy who meets these witches, i don’t want to spoil the rest but its worth having a read, I loved it! I rate this book 9/10 and recommend this novel for ages 8-13.

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  9. Martha said:

    This is one of my favourite books! i have read it over and over again! The book is so descriptive and easy to understand! Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors because the way he writes is amazing. I defiantly rate this book a 10/10. It has got some scary, funny and emotional bits in it. It doesn’t matter if you only like to read comedy or action because this book has got it all! After every chapter it is left with a cliff hanger and just makes you want to read on. All the way through this book you just want to keep reading there is no one bit that i found boring every bit was a real nail biter! I defiantly recommend you read this book!

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  10. Lillie said:

    the witches is a great book i think this is a funny and creative book. I really enjoyed it i rate this book a 9/10 I recon it is for all ages

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  11. The Witches written by Roald Dahl, is a fantastic book. The book is about a young boy and his grandmother tells him lot’s of history about witches. The young boy and his grandmother go on a holiday and stay at a hotel where witches are staying. While staying at the hotel the boy starts to notice witches everywhere he goes. Then the boy is in the middle of the Grand High witches meeting, but he is hiding. He knows what the witches are planning to do to children and there evil plans! Will the boy escape and put an end to these nasty plans, or will the witches find him. I would recommend this book to children of all ages. I rate this book 8/10.

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  12. Lucy c said:

    This book is a thrilling and nail biting read. i would say that ages 10 and up would enjoy it but it might be a bit easy for some older teenagers and adults. I think that when the witches turned into mice all the others guests at the hotel would have been terrified. i enjoyed this book lots and think that many of the characters were interesting and unique. I thought it was quite amazing when the high witch was described taking of her mask and thought her even uglier in the movies. overall i would give this book a 10/10 because i couldn’t find one things that i didn’t enjoy about it.

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  13. Alannah said:

    This is a fantastic book that is suitable for all ages! It mad me laugh and worry. It is about a little boy who and his grandmother who go on a holiday and stay at a hotel where the witches are staying. He finds out there secret plan. You have got to read book to hear the rest. Once you have read the boo, you have to watch the movie!That way you will understand the movie more. It is a great family book/movie and I highly recomend that you should read/ watch it!

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  14. Kaylah said:

    The Witches is a great book that Roald Dahl has written and I highly recommend it to all ages. I enjoyed reading the book because there are strange and funny characters. It’s about a little boy and his grandmother and they go on a holiday to a hotel where there are witches! The little boy starts to remember what his grandmother tells him about the horrible witches. This book makes you sometimes nervous and excited!! After you read the book I highly recommend watching the movie!!

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  15. Matilda said:

    I love this book so so much! I would highly recommend it to boys and girls. It is about a little boy and his grandmother in the summer holidays when they go on holidays and stay in a hotel. There, the little boy begins to remember what his grandma told him about witches and he ends up seeing some from his very own eyes! This book will defiantly make you nervous and excited at the same time in many parts. I have read it 3 times now and i might even read it a 4th because it sucks you in right from the very beginning and you won’t be able to put it down. After you have read the book you can hire the dvd. It is even more nail biting 🙂

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  16. Kaitlyn D said:

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is a hilarious tale of a young boy who gets caught up in the world of the Witches. As he undertakes a physical and emotional transition he knows that he must do all that it takes to stop the Witches from killing all the children all over the world. With the help of his Gran, he begins to form a plan to stop them from carrying out their dreadful plan. A friend also comes into the picture to help them with their schemes. I would recommend this book to everyone. Roald Dahl is a children’s author so this book might be one you would like to share with a younger sibling.

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  17. This book it fantastic !!! I loved so much when I was younger ! And I loved it so much I still remember some of it today. I’ve even watch the movie. This book has a great story line and it was fantastic going thorough the mouse life of the boy ! My favourite bit would have to be when the grandmother gave the boys friend back to his parents as a mouse. I thought that was sooo funny ! I would recommend this book for people 9+

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  18. I would recommend this book called the witches written by Roald Dahl.

    The witches is about this boy and his Grandmother who are on Summer holidays. The Grandmother is teaching her grandson how to recognise witches, but a bit of a hiccup happens along the way and the time that they are staying at the hotel.

    My favourite part was when the boy was easdropping on the grand high witches conference because i was attached to the book and i couldn’t put it down!

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  19. This Book Is Awesome! About a seven year old boy, who is one day sent to live with his grandmother due to the loss of his parents! His grandmother tells him loads of history about Witches. It is after that that the little boy soon starts to recognise witches just about every were that he goes. I love this book because it is funny and adventurous. When the boy goes on holiday with his grandmother it is that he makes a horrific discovery! The boy is in the middle of the Grand High witches meeting, but he is hiding so they will not find him. He knows what they are planning on doing to children there evil cruel plans! Will he escape or will the witches smell him out, one thing that he forgot witches can smell children.!! I recommend you read this book its so funny,weird, there’s to many words to describe how good this book is but i recommend you read it now if you have not

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  20. The Witches is a fantastic novel by Roald Dahl. It is a book filled with action and magic.
    The book is about a young boy who lives with his grandmother, who tells him phenomenal stories about witches. At first he doesnt believe them, then after a close first hand experience, he believes her. For a holiday the boy and his grandma go to the seaside. There, he overhears the witches devising one of the worst plans to kill all children in the world. The witches catch him and test out their theory on him. Luckily he escapes and together with his grandmother, they get rid of the Grand High Witch and all the witches in England.
    I loved this book and i would recommend it to anyone

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  21. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!
    I think more people should read Roald Dahl, he doesn’t just write kiddy books for really young kids, (well, some are) but The Witches is AWESOME!!!!!! It is so funny, and I love all the traits/features/habits that Roald Dahl came up with for the witches in the book, they are absurd, funny, weird, and some of them are DISGUSTING!!!! (Not really)
    The Witches is one of the best books I’ve read, I love it!!!!
    I would recommend this book to kids aged anywhere from 7-12, it’s good for all ages.
    I would rate this book a 8/10 because one problem is that it ENDS!!!!! And another is that it’s pretty complicated.
    But that makes a good book, I guess.

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  22. The Witches: Roald Dahl did a great job with this book. This is probably my second favourite book written by him, after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    The Witches isn’t a challenging book, it’s more of a fun sort of book. I liked the part where Luke actually finds out about the witches. I love his reaction to it all. If I ever found out that witches were real I think I’d be pretty scared.

    It’s a great book and suitable for any age really. I’d definitely recommend it to people who have read any Roald Dahl book and ENJOYED it !

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  23. I have read a lot of Roald Dahl books and this is easily my favourite. A young boy lives with his grandmother, his parents are gone and she is all he has left. It is the story of this boy going along on this incredible adventure including witches, blue spit, bald heads, and many more wacky idead. Just whole idea of the witches is crazy and the story is amazing. i suggest you read this because you will fing yourself laughing, cringing, squinting and sometimes even praying that nothing bad happens. Give it a go and you will LOVE IT!!!! easily 10 out of 10

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  24. this book is about a young boy who lives with his grandmother becuase his parents have died. His grandmother knows all there is to know about witches. She tells him that there are only little things that you can look for, but put them all together and you’ve got a witch. When the grandmother gets sick they go to a hotel and he finds a whole bunch of witches. Lucky Grandma told him about witches. This bo9ok made me laugh, cry and cringe, I would recomend it to EVERYONE

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  25. This book about whiches is about a boy who lives with his grandma. his grandma know heaps about whiches! one day the boy and his grandma decided to go on a holiday and stay in a hotel. they soon find out that this hotel is where the witches go for meetings.its so interesting espessially if your into whiches ans stuff.:) i higly recomend for young readers its a great book

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  26. Roald Dahl was always a wonderful author- and The Witches is no exception! The book is quite enticing- Often forcing you to read “that one last chapter” before you go to bed or do your homework. The illustrations add a splash of cheer to what is actually a rather strange book, even with a little scary stuff- for a kid.

    I really enjoyed this book- I found it very interesting. I have read it several times and love the part of the book where the boy first meets the witches. After reading the book. why not grab some popcorn and watch the movie? It’s really good and rather interesting to compare the book and the film.

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  27. this book is very good, i recommend it to anyone who likes thrill adventure and horror. It is another great book written by Roald Dahl.

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  28. I think the witches by Roald Dahl is a really good book!! I would recommend this book 100 out of 100 because I like the way he encourages the reader to read further on. The witches is his best book I have ever read, I like the illustrations because they have lots of details and they look real!! I hope you would love to read this book!!!

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  29. The Witches a fantastic book written by Roald Dahl. This novel is about a young boy who goes to live with his grandma after his parents die. His grandmother told him many stories about witches and what to do when you see one, while on holiday, he discovers that the hotel he is staying at is functioning a big meeting with all the witches from around the world. He gets into a scary situation and finds himself as the guinea pig of a very horrible experiment.
    I would recommend this book for everyone and all ages. It is a classic book and it is written very nicely. This books takes your imagination far and beyond everyday life.

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  30. the book witches by roal dahl is a sometimes scary. its a great book though and i really got into it. this book is about a young boy who loses his parents, so he goes to stay with his grandmother. when his grandmother got sick he went away on a holiday and came across some witches. read the story to find out the end!
    i recommened this book for 8-13 because everyone enjoys roal dahl books.
    enjoy

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  31. the book witches by roald dahl is actually a pretty scary book, i read this in lit circles when i was in grade 6. i really enjoyed it becuase it is really unique and there isn’t really any books like this. i think roald dahl is a really good author because he has a rally god imagination. i give it a 3 out of 5

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  32. This book is so intersting. It has a great story line. This is the only book I’ve ever read from the Roald Dahle. It is very smart the way he puts such great detail into text. Roald Dahle is a true auther.

    The book is about a young boy who parents die. So he goes to live with his grandma. Who tells him storys about witches and how they were normal clothes and live normal lives. But what scares him the most is that witches hate childern.
    When the boy’s grandma gets sick they go on a holilday. Where little did they know the grand witch was there with every other witch in the world. Well when the little boy goes into a big buniness room and then all of a sudden about 200 witches come walking in and well read it to find out what going to happen

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  33. oald Dahl is my favourite wrighter and has been for ages. This would have to be one of my favourite books because i love the storyline and the way it was written. The witches is about a young boy who’s parents die so he has to live with his grandma. His grandma is an expert on witches and what they look like so she decides to tell him some stories. His grandma becomes sick and they decide to go on a holiday. At their hotel the boy runs into some witches and tries to escape but is unsucsessful. You will have to read the book to find out the ending. I highly recomend it to anyone that wants an easy but enjoyable read.
    Jess

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  34. this book is freaky. its one of my favourite books is funny and i love reading it. its about a boy who’s parents both die and he lives with his grandmother who tells story’s about witches and who you can tell if someone is a witch. you should read this book its great.

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  35. i really like this book, its deffinatly one of the best roahld dahl book ever, its very funny and cool!!!
    love milly!!!

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  36. Roald Dahl is such a fantastic writer!
    even at 13 i still enjoy reading this book!
    The book witches is about a boy who lives with his grandma. His grandma knows everything there is to know about witches. He and his grandma decide to go on a holiday at a hotel. They find out that this hotel is where the witches have their meetings.Im not going to tell you anymore because i dont want to ruin the book, but i highly reccomend it and any of the other roald dahl books!
    x.

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  37. i remeber this book from yr 5 and i still like this book!:)

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  38. great book i love it!
    I recommend the book which is one of the many Roald Dahl books.verry funny:)

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  39. awesomee you have to read!
    it really fun to read and interesting!
    :):)

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  40. this book is actually scary but still good so you should read

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  41. This is one of my favourite books on Roald Dahl but his written so many good book its hard to decide. This is about a young boy about 7 years old whos parents die and he lives with his grandmother. His grandmother tells many storys about witches and how to tell if people are a witch. On the holidays he stays at a hotel where he finds out that the witch do meeting in a room in the same hotel. He figures out some shocking secrets about witches but what would happen if the witches saw him?? This a great book and gives you a few laughs along the way. Give this book a try if you are looking for an easy read.

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  42. Roald Dahl is one of my favourite children authors! I just the the way he describes things with great detail. If you like books where you can let your mind go absolutely any where and on a wonderful adventure full of gasps, excitement and humor then this book is defiantly for you. Dahl just paints a picture in your head and makes you keep reading and reading, on and on and on!

    The witches is about a young boy whose parents die, so he goes to live with his grandma who tells the him many stories about witches. He tells him about the children who go missing because of witches and what the witches look like and what they look for.

    When he goes on holidays he stays at a hotel where he finds that there are witches living in one the the rooms. There is not much more to say becuase i don’t want to give any of it away. This book is one of those where you always like what going to happen next!?

    I think I will ever forget this book. It very easy to read so it could suit just anyone. Enjoy, x

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  43. this book is great, and i love the part when the little boy meets the witches

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  44. ‘The Witches’ is another great book written by Roald Dahl. It is about a young boy who loses his parents and goes to stay with his grandma who tells the young boy many stories about little boys and girls going missing because of witches. When his grandma gets sick, they go on a holiday and the young boy stumbles across a large group of witches! What is he going to do?
    This book is fantastic and beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is an easy read and I promise that you will not be able to put it down. It is funny, scary and sad. You should definitely read this book! I would recommend this book to children aged ten to whenever. I would give this book a 9 out of 10.

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