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The witches hate children with a sizzling red-hot hatred. They have sorcery in their fingers and devilry in their blood. On the outside, they look like ordinary women, wearing gloves to hide their sharp claws and wigs to cover their bald heads. But these hideous crones mean to destroy every last child in the world. Can one boy and his feisty grandmother stop them? Introducing heaps of deliciously frightening characters – most memorably the truly terrible Grand High Witch – Roald Dahl’s most mesmerising and blood-chilling story is a transfixing tale to terrify and bewitch.

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Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780141322643

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 5.0 points

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  • 224 pages
Condition

New

UK edition

Author/Illustrator

Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, South Wales on September 13th 1916. His parents were Norwegian, and were called Harald and Sofie. He went to Repton school, in Derbyshire, and left school in 1933.

His first job was in Africa, with the Shell Oil Company. In the second world war he fought as a fighter pilot, and was badly injured when his plane crashed. After the war he worked in America, and soon started writing stories.

His very first children’s book, written in 1943 was called The Gremlins. Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of the President of the USA liked it so much he was invited to the White House and became friends with the President, Franklin D Roosevelt.

He wrote a number of books and short stories for adults, many of which were televised as the hugely popular Tales of the Unexpected.

But it was as a children’s author that he found greatest fame and satisfaction, saying “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers…Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.” Millions of fans around the world agreed and have chuckled and gasped at his amazing stories. His mesmerising stories, written in sizzling, sparkly language, will lead you into adventures you’ll never ever forget!

From 1945 until his death, he lived at Gipsy House, in Buckinghamshire, where he wrote his famous children’s books. He died in hospital in Oxford, on November 23rd, 1990. His books have continued to be read and loved, and have been made into a number of hit films, including Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can even visit the Roald Dahl Museum in the village where Dahl lived for most of his life.

In 2009 the Roald Dahl Funny Prize was established in his memory.

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  1. Avatar fairy 761766

    bookmad3
    on 26 May 2015

    Great book. A must read.

    5out of 5
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    butterskoopid9741
    on 13 December 2014

    A beautiful description about how to identify a witch….. must read this book ..

    5out of 5
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    Cheerforevers
    on 9 March 2014

    This is about witches who want to get rid of children forever.

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    AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    The most imaginative and hilarious plot I have ever read

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    Rumaitha12
    on 8 March 2014

    The pictures was good and the story was well written. I loved this so much.

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    bookaholic202
    on 8 March 2014

    I thought it would be scary but it was pretty funny. But I didn’t like the ending at all .

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    Sueclaire
    on 7 March 2014

    This is a must-have book

    5out of 5
  8. Evie 113313

    NatKlymko
    on 5 March 2014

    The witches are a good story to read if you’re bored. Recommend for readers 7+.

  9. Avatar owl 761790

    Tots786
    on 6 February 2014

    This Book Was A BLAST!!!!!! IT WAS A HELL OF AN AWESOME BOOK! READ IT!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
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    booksrule1011
    on 5 May 2013

    I have watched the film and can get into the book. That obviously means it is a really good book!

    5out of 5
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    Twilight911
    on 26 March 2013

    I liked it its not the best book in the world but its quite good that the witches are undercover as ladies.

    4out of 5
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    Helloioioi
    on 7 March 2013

    roald dahl must be very creative to write that book.

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    samcharlie123
    on 7 March 2013

    We read this book at school, and I loved it! This is a must read book!

    5out of 5
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    ninjastickman
    on 5 March 2013

    The witches is a classic tale of some witches get together in the hotel the main character is in and they plot to turn all the children in the world to mice

    5out of 5
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    Sherlock25
    on 5 March 2013

    Not my fave book but still well written and younger children might enjoy

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    Paradise56
    on 5 March 2013

    this book is about a boy who gets turned into a mouse by the Grand High Witch of the entire world. a must read book

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    Too-Amazayn
    on 5 March 2013

    Roald Dahl is just too cool, his imagination and brilliant story telling makes for amazing and simply timeless books, but I had to admit when I first read it, certain parts gave me chills

    4out of 5
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    natashakrywald
    on 4 March 2013

    good book

    4out of 5
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    lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    This is about witches all over the world trying to turn children into mice.

  20. Evie 113313

    Glitter11
    on 26 January 2013

    awesome book!!!

    5out of 5
  21. Petula 113689

    REDGO
    on 21 November 2012

    THIS IS A VERY GOOD BOOK. IT MADE ME WANTING TO KEEP READING ON. 10 OUT OF 10.

    5out of 5
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    slattery40
    on 26 September 2012

    might give some kids nightmares so if you are 8 or under this is not a great idea….............

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    Futureauthor2002
    on 21 September 2012

    great book! i love it!

    5out of 5
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    SMALLPAWS
    on 31 March 2012

    My teacher is reading this to us in class and I’m reading it to my mum at home. It’s an amazing book.

    5out of 5
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    smileitsfriday
    on 4 March 2012

    This is one of the best books ever! I read it when I was six (took ages) and for ages, it was the only book I ever read until I found N.E.R.D.S. when I was 7. (I can’t find it on this website!) * * * *

  26. Evie 113313

    nikki657
    on 3 March 2012

    I REMEMBER READING WHEN I WAS YOUNGER DEFFENTLY ROALD DAULS BEST I LOVED IT ALTHOUGH IT WAS QUITE SCARY!!!!!!!

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    la1397
    on 3 March 2012

    The witches was both scary for me, funny, and rather disgusting in parts. It was so enjoyable to read, and whatever age I am, when I see my Dahl collection, I don’t worry atall that I’m too old to be reading them. Quite the opposite actually, when I’m an adult I’ll be reading them to my children, because I think stories like the witches last centuries. :)

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    mogsom
    on 3 March 2012

    it is about a witche

    5out of 5
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    cowmoo1170
    on 3 March 2012

    This was a great book. i think it was slightly too complicated for some young readers but I recommend it as it is perfect for boys and girls!

    4out of 5
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    StarstoneShyElk
    on 2 March 2012

    loved it!

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    lids
    on 1 March 2012

    DEFFENTLY ROALD DAULS BEST ILOVED IT ALTHOUGH IT WAS QUITE SCARY!!!!!!!

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    Flissy22
    on 1 March 2012

    when i first read this i was quite scared, then i watched the film i was even more scared but is defiantly a good book.

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    aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    This is the best book in the world. I have read it more than 20 times and still love it.

    5out of 5
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    angelslater
    on 1 March 2012

    this book is brill!! and it also made me check everyones eyes for a tint of purple to see if they were witches. i think its great and a bit scary at times.

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    Charmzwj
    on 29 December 2011

    This book is awesome!It’s so interesting. This book is magical.I’m totally into the world of this book when I read it.It’s all about witches and potions.You should read it.

    5out of 5
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    luckylucia4233
    on 30 November 2011

    I love thi book! READ IT NOW…OR ELSE YOU’L GET TURNED INTO A MOUSE BY THE WITCHES!!!!!! LOL!

    5out of 5
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    pawprint2
    on 13 November 2011

    Loved it!!!

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    Izzwizz555
    on 24 September 2011

    The Witches is a really good book and you want to know what is going to happen.

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    dogs123
    on 21 September 2011

    this book is brilliant and i espessially love the part were they take their masks off

    5out of 5
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    booksrcul
    on 18 September 2011

    Scary!

    4out of 5
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    CarribbeanCuba
    on 15 September 2011

    A truly satisfying book.

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    bookywooky05
    on 12 August 2011

    5 stars this is my fav roald dahl book and they are all so good

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    KarlMagic33
    on 30 May 2011

    Just great nothing is wrong about this book and I would recommend this bookto any one I meet.

    5out of 5
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    trixie101098
    on 4 March 2011

    Excellent!

    5out of 5
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    cutekittens
    on 3 March 2011

    First, Luke does not believe grandma about witches so i was astonished to see that Luke met a witch giving him a snake! I enjoyed this book alot and i would recomment this to ANYONE. Although this book is very good, it also includes a twist to it and it hooks the reader!

    5out of 5
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    wimpy01
    on 2 March 2011

    I’m reading this book thingers crossed it’s as good as the film because it’s a hard one to beat.

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    Missymessy
    on 24 February 2011

    Utterly Hilarious, another brilliant Roald Dahl with funny characters and hilarious story lines and names. Always loved this book, glad I’ve re-read it! Recommend!

    5out of 5
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    bookgirl150
    on 20 February 2011

    the witches is the best roald dahl book ever i love it so much

    5out of 5
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    pianostar412
    on 25 January 2011

    This book is an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G book i love it! Its verry exiting. M.J.M

    5out of 5
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    sledz1355
    on 16 January 2011

    i give it a 20 out of 20

    5out of 5
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    kisha5
    on 20 November 2010

    i like this book as it was really funny its a fantastic book

    5out of 5
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    rachellen1
    on 15 November 2010

    i loved it and i give it 10 out of 10

    5out of 5
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    zzzzrose
    on 7 October 2010

    i love the part were he is turened into a mouse by delaied action mouse maker

    5out of 5
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    poppy100
    on 12 September 2010

    I loved this book.it was page turing with lots of exment!!! i think this is good for anyone 7 over but i read it when i was 11 enjoy poppy100 !!!!!!!

    5out of 5
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    jackman2k10
    on 28 February 2010

    The Grand High Witch has a fiendish plan for getting rid of all the children in England. First, her fellow hags will take over all the sweet shops. Next, they will sell poisoned sweets and chocolate which turn children into mice! Then, make way for the mouse traps…

    This terrible plan is overheard by the young boy narrator of the story. Fortunately, his grandma knows something about witches. Unfortunately, before he has a chance to consult her, he is turned into a mouse himself.

    Will the witches triumph? Are the children of England doomed? And what exactly is the secret behind grandma’s missing finger? This award-winning tale has all the answers

    5out of 5
  56. Petula 113689

    bookfan1
    on 22 February 2010

    This book is SUPER DUPER!!!! I loved it!!!

    5out of 5
  57. Evie 113313

    molru
    on 15 February 2010

    i love this book it is about a boy whos parents die so he goes to live with his nan

    who knows what adventures theyll have ?

    5out of 5
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    hatman
    on 19 January 2010

    This is such a funny book! i think its the best book Roald Dahl has written!

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    JKK
    on 4 October 2009

    This is a great book that ill make even the oldest person laugh