Book: The Witches
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
Ages: 8-11 years
(Note from Asha: This is being posted by me on behalf of my childoo Aarini, aka #the11yearold)
A tween book with both funny and scary in the right proportion!
The Witches’ motto: “One child a week is fifty two a year. Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear.”
One word of caution though: This book is not your regular princess cursing, prince saving princess, potion-making witch with a pointy hat on a broom stick fairy tale.
These witches on the other hand, are not really fond of children (as you can tell from the motto). But that doesn’t make this book a scary one that you should not read. On the contrary, it’s a fun read!
Now you might be wonder, how on earth do witches do a whole “making kids disappear” process without getting noticed?!
They disguise themselves as ordinary, nice and sweet ladies. So how do you come to know a witch is near you?
Well to begin with, they have clawed hands which they hide under their white gloves.
They hide their toe-less, square-ish feet in pointy high heels.
Their spit is of a blue-ish shade (don’t ask me how I know that – hint, it’s in the book!).
Clearly, they are really good at hiding in plain sight.
The story is about this grandson-grandmother duo who find clues in order to locate these witches and put an end to their nonsense. Nothing to be afraid of. Their adventure includes weird suspicions and going without a bath for many days (Fact: The witches don’t take notice of kids who don’t bathe; but they are able to sense a clean child a mile away!). But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a bath. It’s just a book, remember?
What I enjoyed most about this book is that it’s a hilarious and adventurous read, it has the perfect balance of funny and scary scenes. This is a story that will keep you on your toes all the way to the very end. It’s hard to predict what will happen next and that sort of makes you keep turning page after page till one of your parents calls you for meals. 🙂
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