Friday, January 27, 2023

The Witches by Roald Dahl

"One child a week is fifty-two a year. Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear."

This is a story about REAL WITCHES.

Real witches dress in ordinary clothes, have ordinary jobs and look very much like ordinary people.

But they are far from ORDINARY . . .

The Grand High Witch, leader of all the witches, has a plan to make each and every child disappear.

That is, unless one boy and his grandmother can stop her . . .

Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 1, 2020 
(first published Oct 27 1983)
by Puffin
4/5 stars

I can honestly say that this is the first time I have read a Roald Dahl book, and I think I am looking forward to watching the movie adaptation. 

The cover of the book I read was zany and intriguing, and the illustrations within it only served to breath life into this story.

The plot follows an eight-year-old boy who has recently lost his parents and is now living with his grandmother in Norway. He embarks on a wild and wacky adventure, discovering a world where real witches exist and have a motto of 'squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear'. That is children they are talking about.

This was a fun read that had a nice balance of fun and scary. It was heartwarming story watching the relationship between the grandmamma and grandson develop.

I'll be reading more Dahl stories.

This book was part of my 2023 Reading off my Shelf Challenge (#8)

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