Book Reviews of The Witches

The Witches
ISBN-13: 9780590032490
ISBN-10: 0590032496
Publication Date: 3/2005
Pages: 208
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 98 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
This is a dark-edged children's tale about a group of witches who despise children who they believe smell like "dogs droppings". These witches don't hold back their hatred for these "small piles of filth" and at their annual meeting they devise a plan to rid the earth of these vomit inducing creatures by turning them into mice and exterminating them. What they haven't planned on is the ingenuity of one brave little boy who overhears their dastardly plans and does his best to thwart them.

This book is a lot of fun and though it portrays witches in a pretty bad light it's not all anti-woman and is all in good fun. Grandmamma is a fantastic character, described as a "tough old bird", she smokes cigars and I can't help but think it's her influence alone that has made the hero of this tale such a brave, clever little guy.
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Helpful Score: 3
Earlier this year I wen on a Roald Dahl kick, and re-read many in his collection. The witches was one of my favrorites, partially because it was longer so it could have more thorough characters and a longer plot line. It's a cute story, and one that I think children would like - what's more exciting than witches, and being turned into mice?
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Helpful Score: 2
This is not a fairy tale.
This is about REAL witches.
Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories-but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face to face with The Grand High Witch herself!
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Helpful Score: 2
i've loved the movie since it was released years ago, so i thought i'd read the book and see how they compare. what a great book! the movie did a good job of following the book -- i'd say the book is only marginally better, because there are more details than there are in the movie.

i'm so glad i finally got to read this... and it's on the banned books list, so it counted for my 10 banned books this year.
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Helpful Score: 2
impressive piece of work, I will never grow old of it
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Helpful Score: 1
I reread it again last month, and it's as funny the 3rd time!
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Helpful Score: 1
a fabulous roald dahl masterpiece! clever, entertaining, potentially scary but delightful with roald dahl!
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Helpful Score: 1
A funny disgusting story that children will LOVE
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Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories - but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face to face with the Grand Hich Witch herself!
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Roald Dahl cannot write a bad book. The Witches is no exception! I've loved all of his books, since I started with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They're great!
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A fast-moving, well-paced adventure that children will love.
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It's a very quick and enjoyable read. If you like the book, you should rent the movie that was based on the book. Follows the book very well.
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this is a great book for kids. he makes you almost beleive that there really are witches!!
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Great book!
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I loved this book! My kids love it now!
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Roald Dahl has a way of keeping his reader hooked. Good plot, great characters, if you enjoyed the movie, you'll enjoy the book.
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Dahl at his subversive best. Children fight witches, witches torment children, and one boy's bravery saves the day. I can't begin to guess how many times I've read this book since I was a child. It never gets old, and Dahl's cutting humor goes down to the bare bone and made me gasp and laugh. And I have to wonder if a kid's book where a grandma proudly smokes cigars would ever make it past the publisher today!
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A bit scary. Not my favorite of his books but worth reading.
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A fast-paced adventure that children will love!
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very cute a little more detailed then the movie. nice read for a9 to 12 year old
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Cute book. My daughter read it every night before bed. I also enjoyed it as well.
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You can't go wrong with Roald Dahl! I adored this book as a child and just got it for my 7 year old who also devoured it! Kids save the day, bad grownups lose, a bit of magic, love!
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This was a very good read aloud book. I'd never read it until my grandson was assigned this book for summer reading between 3rd and 4th grades. We both enjoyed it very much. The other reviews are "right on target". A very unusual book but very typical of this author who is full of surprises.
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A good scholastic chapter book for pre to young teens.
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Great book unless you are a Wiccan and don't mind being portrayed as stereotype. And of course put it into a children book for another generation to absorb. Oh what fun. Disney pulled "Song of the South" because of it cute portrayal of Black Americans but Witches..... oh well got to have someone to target.
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It was a great, fun book! I read it as a child, and am now reading to my daughter!