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Title:
The witches
Author:
Dahl, Roald.
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Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 1998.

©1983
Physical Description:
206 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Summary:
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches' plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
740 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.7 5.0 6448.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 7 Quiz: 12751 Guided reading level: R.
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ISBN:
9780141301105
Format :
Book

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Summary

Meet a hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches imaginable!


Author Notes

Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946).

Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details.

Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, The BFG was made into a movie in July 2017, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. One of Dahl's best about a boy who is turned into a mouse, but who nevertheless takes on the Grand High Witch of the World. Funny, yes, but a little scary as well.


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