Roald Dahl is in my top 3 of favorite children s authors I had read a few of his books as a child, but most of my exposure occurred as a young adult and while in college.
The Witches was actually a book I read after the movie with Anjelica Huston was produced I am a huge fan of her work, and when she appeared in this movie, I was fascinated with the story I d definitely recommend reading the book first as the movie takes the story so much further.
For one thing, the book has an unnamed narrator and grandmother, whereas the movie is very detailed on the history of the characters, the various types of relationships, etc But both were still very good.
It combines so many wonderful things for kids to love and to be scared of Witches who can turn little boys into well, I won t ruin the surprise Suffice it to say, this can be a bit of a scary theme.
Dahl s style is so embracing and captivating His characters are intense The creativity and imagination from the works he s produced over the years is quite astonishing.
The Grand High Witch runs the show here, and she won t let you forget it But it s the grandmother and the boy who may hold all the power A classic battle of good and evil with some fun thrown in between.
A definite read for kids And adults When I was taking a course in college on Reading in the Elementary School, I had to read 150 children s books and produce a portfolio showing a lesson plan for each book Dahl featured in many of the lessons and books I had chosen, as I tried to incorporate some Newbery and Caldecott winners, but not all What a joy to re read these classics as a 21 year old thinking about becoming a teacher Though I didn t stay in the teaching field and possibly regret it to some degree , I will always go back to these books and this time period as one of the favorite parts of lifeAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by polldaddy poll 9729544 polldaddy poll 9719251 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 Re read for our classics discussion Friday 10 30 Still had me giggling from the very first chapter.
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El libro me pareci bonito Es el primer libro de Roald Dahl que escucho sin haber visto antes la pel cula, as que ahora s que no ten a idea de qu iba a pasar o de c mo se iban a solucionar las cosas Estuvo sobre todo MUY gracioso, y creo que tuvo que ver con las voces que hac a la narradora Cuando escucho audiolibros, todo suele ser muy neutro en cuanto al tono de voz, pero esta mujer s se divert a exagerando las voces, especialmente las de las brujas, supongo que porque es un libro para ni os aunque los m s grandes tambi n podemos disfrutarlo, jajaja.
Me cay muy bien la abuelita, creo que fue mi personaje favorito de la novela Y con ese final me dieron ganas de que hubiera una segunda parte.
I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch All I am saying is that she might be one It is most unlikely But here comes the big but not impossible.
After the tragic loss of his parents, a young boy goes to live with his much beloved grandmother He soon learns of the impossible witches exist And they re sole joy in life is to find ways to make children disappear Preferably in nasty and mysterious ways.
We soon discovers how to recognize a witch they have clawed hands which they hide under gloves, they disguise their toe less feet in pointy shoes and their spit has a faint blueish sheen They excel at hiding in plain sight REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women They live in ordinary houses and they work in ORDINARY JOBSHis fiercely protective grandmother does her absolute best to protect her grandson arming him with enough knowledge to recognize and evade capture of one terrifyingly normal looking neighborhood witch During one summer vacation, things becomes significantly hairythan expected An absolute delight to read Dahl truly outdoes himself combining the right amount of sweet and scary The grandmother grandson relation was absolutely splendid Highly, highly recommended It doesn t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.
Audiobook CommentsLike the other Dahl books this is a full production presentation of the novel Plenty of side effects and the characterizations were wonderful though the Grand Witch was a bit difficult to understand I felt like such an oldie by having to rewind it to hear what she said The Finer books Club 2018 Reading Challenge A banned bookBlog Instagram Twitter The clever and courageous tale of a young boy and his spirited grandmother who fight witches together.
Down vith children Do them in Boil their bones and fry their skin Bish them, sqvish them, bash them, mash them Brrreak them, shake them, slash them, smash them Offer chocs vith magic powder Oh, thank goodness for the likes of Roald Dahl, who can combine the scary with the funny stuff and open a treasure chest of children s fairy tales with all the wisdom humanity is capable of which, of course, still is quite limited.
As a child, I was terrified and fascinated at the same time when I read this story, hiding it under a pile of other books before turning off the light at night I just couldn t stomach the idea of finding myself face to face with the witch and her friends in the vulnerable state between sleeping and being awake Later, when I read it to my own three children, my youngest cuddled up in my lap and bit her nails while her brothers tried to downplay their excitement From that experience, I mostly remember the giggles when we tried to imitate The Witches funny accent.
And then I read it to school children I will never forget those children sitting cosily in front of me on a carpet in the library, surrounded by books and drawings I slowed down, and made my voice quiet, and read very carefully the witch warning She might even be your lovely school teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment Look carefully at that teacher Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of such a suggestion Don t let that put you off It could be part of cleverness.
I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch All I am saying is that she might be one It is most unlikely But here comes the big but not impossible I looked up and saw all those students eyes staring at me They remembered me dressing up as a witch at Halloween, and I believe for a moment they pondered the possibility of me being clever enough to cover up my actual witchedness by pretending to be one.
Recently, my son and I talked about this novel again, as his brother started reading it for the third or fourth time And all of a sudden, we discovered another layer beyond the message of stranger danger and the power of love and friendship to overcome difficulties.
Those witches at the private meeting in the hotel are like celebrities and politicians believing they are alone and stripping themselves of the inconvenient political and ethical correctness which they officially claim to believe in while plotting against the future of the next generation for their own benefit.
Underneath the polished surface, we discover real life witches in all shapes and forms each time we check the news And that is what Roald Dahl s sense of humour is based on His characters may be unlikely, but they are not entirely impossible There is a hint of truth in the bizarre story of witches who want to exterminate the stink of children Everyone loves children, and nobody wants to hurt them that is a absurd statement than The Witches mission if we just take into account human ACTIONS as opposed to official STATEMENTS during the past thousand years or so So, beware of witches And you never know if I am not one myself, hiding behind the warning like Iago talking about jealousy, that green eyed monster, that he stirred up himself I didn t know what to expect when I started this book Believe it or not, this is the very first Roald Dahl book that I have experienced I enjoyed this book tremendously This chapter book tells a story of a grandma, a grandson, and their journey together is ridding the world of real witches and saving the world s children I will be reading of this author for sure I would recommend this book to everyone It is a fun read and well worth the experience
Quite distressing, I must say I wouldn t do that to kids However, I d prefer to use that kind of coldness towards some repulsive grown ups that I ve met in life Definitely, the inner warlock within me would love to break them, slash them, or even give them the white hot sparksA stupid vitch who answers backMust burn until her bones are black A foolish vitch vithout a brainMust sizzle in the fiery flame An idiotic vitch like youMust rrroast upon the barbecue A vitch who dares to say I m wrrrongVill not be vith us very longDandy and dotty, isn t it I must admit that real witches do exist in real life like those in the form of a wolf in sheep s clothing wearing some mask to conceal their true identity or even purpose, for that matter Others you might not need to call out as you d be frizzled to a fritter when you out them in such a reckless manner It is imperative that one knows how to recognise the devilry of witches here and one should be well equipped As Grandmamma puts it,You won t last long in this world if you don t know how to spot a witch when you see one Dahl has stupendously delivered another dark yet whimsical story Quite a tale really and it s okay to be a mouse although frightening in a world full of cats, witches, or humans as long as the mouse is cunning enough to circumnavigate the world and be one of the Davids against all the other Goliaths that one has to face throughout our lifetime It is also often imperative to let others know just by giving them a taste of their own medicine Pardon me as I need to acquire a blabbersnitch s beak, catspringer s tongue, crabcruncher s claw and some other materials to go into my cauldron And where s my wig, hat, nose, and shoes I ll be needing those to alter my appearance Blimey I might have bloody mixed them all inIt doesn t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves youAudiobook rating narrated by Miranda Richardson Narrative voice style Vocal characterisation Inflexion intonation Voice quality Audiobook verdict Exquisite performance, superbly brilliant, a must have