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  1. Jessica Jessica says:

    Warning Extremely Long Review and Childhood StorytellingWhen I was ten or eleven I was sitting in the playground at summer camp minding my own business and reading this book when one of the playground supervisers came and asked me what I was reading When I showed it to him his eyes got wide and he took the book from me Then he went to the trash can and started ripping it up page by page And he washed his hands afterwards to get rid of the filth It was a library book He was just going on and on about how young children shouldn't read about witchcraft because they might want to become witches etc etc If you've read the book you know that Dahl doesn't exactly idealize witches Well when my dad came to pick me up he let this guy have it yay Dad and I got a popsicle So the story ends well but I always remember this incident when I see this book And because of that this book is what I think of when I consider censorship and how detrimental it is to our society I barely remember what happens in The Witches but I love it simply because of what it represents to me

  2. JV (semi-hiatus) JV (semi-hiatus) says:

    A REAL WITCH hates children with a red hot sizzling hatred that is sizzling and red hot than any hatred you could possibly imagine So starts a splendiferous tale about a young boy telling his personal story about the absolute horrors of being turned into a mouse after having some run in with the real witches Although these witches weren't uite the cannibalistic ones found in Hansel and Gretel they nonetheless attract children with a smorgasbord of treats confectioneries and dainty sweets One way or the other the kids disappear without a trace — some being incorporated into an oil painting others turned into stones and some into fowls Talk about abduction The commonality that witches share was their unutterable loathing towards innocent children which was deeply unparalleled as most often witches prefer to suish suash mash bash and fry their victims to oblivion and would always be busy plotting and scheming and churning and burning and whizzing and phizzing with murderous bloodthirsty thoughts uite 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 sparks A stupid vitch who answers backMust burn until her bones are blackA foolish vitch vithout a brainMust sizzle in the fiery flameAn idiotic vitch like youMust rrroast upon the barbecueA vitch who dares to say I'm wrrrongVill not be vith us very long Dandy 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 euipped 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 oneDahl has stupendously delivered another dark yet whimsical story uite 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 acuire 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 in It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you Audiobook rating narrated by Miranda RichardsonNarrative voice style ★★★★★Vocal characterisation ★★★★★Inflexion intonation ★★★★★Voice uality ★★★★★Audiobook verdict ★★★★★ Exuisite performance superbly brilliant a must have

  3. Starjustin Starjustin says:

    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

  4. Wendy Darling Wendy Darling says:

    Re read for our classics discussion Friday 1030 Still had me giggling from the very first chapter

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Witches Roald Dahl The Witches is a children's fantasy novel by the British writer Roald Dahl It was originally published in 1983 The story is set partly in Norway and partly in the United Kingdom and features the experiences of a young British boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child hating societies of witches secretly exist in every country The witches are all ruled by the extremely vicious and powerful Grand High Witch who in the story has just arrived in England to organise her worst plot ever But an elderly former witch hunter and her young grandson find out about the evil plan and now they must do everything to stop itتاریخ نخستین خوانش در ماه فوریه سال 2001 میلادیعنوان جادوگرها؛ نویسنده رولد دال؛ مترجم شهلا طهماسبی؛ تهران، کتاب مریم؛ 1377، در 208 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1382؛ شابک 9643053326؛ چاپ چهارم 1383؛ چاپ پنجم 1384؛ چاپ ششم 1385؛ چاپ هفتم 1387؛ شابک 9789643053321؛ موضوع داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 20 معنوان جادوگران؛ نویسنده رولد دال؛ مترجم بهمن رستم آبادی؛ تهران، نشر لادن؛ 1377، در 61 ص؛ شابک 9646612369؛ عنوان جادوگرها؛ نویسنده رولد دال؛ مترجم مهناز داودی؛تهران، محراب قلم، 1389، در 143 ص؛عنوان جادوگرها؛ نویسنده رولد دال؛ مترجم محبوبه نجف خانی، تهران، افق، 1390، در 255 ص، شابک 9789643698096؛ چاپ دوم 1392؛ عنوان جادوگرها؛ نویسنده رولد دال؛ مترجم علی هداوند؛ تهران، سپاس، 1393، در 204 ص؛ شابک 9786006767307؛عنوان جادوگرها؛ نویسنده رولد دال؛ مترجم صدیقه خداخواه؛ تهران، اعجاز قلم، 1394، در 80 ص؛ شابک 9786002102164؛عنوان جادوگرها؛ نویسنده رولد دال؛ مترجم زهرا متعصب دیانی؛ تهران، گاج، چاپ دوم 1395؛ در 197 ص؛ شابک 9786003593282؛مترجمین دیگر آنیتا یارمحمدی، تهران، دلرکوب، 1395، در 104 ص؛ مهناز ایلدرمی، تهران، گل آذین، 1397، در 184 ص؛چکیده‌ ی داستان قهرمان داستان یک پسر کوچکِ نروژی ست، که در سن هفت سالگی، پدر و مادرش را در یک سانحه‌ ی رانندگی، از دست داده است او به «نروژ» می‌رود، و به همراه مادر بزرگ خویش، زندگی می‌کند مادربزرگ او زنی ست مسن، که تجربه‌ و دانسته‌ های بسیاری از جادوگرها دارد، و در اوایل داستان تلاش می‌کند، که با متقاعد کردن نوه‌ اش، مبنی بر اینکه جادوگرها واقعی هستند، این دانسته‌ ها را به او بیاموزد قهرمان داستان به همراه مادربزرگش، به تعطیلات تابستانی، در سواحل «انگلیس» می‌روند؛ و در هتلی ساکن می‌شوند بر حسب اتفاق او به جلسه‌ ی بسیار محرمانه‌ ی جادوگرها، که در اتاقی در هتل، برگزار می‌گردد، راه پیدا می‌کند، و از نقشه‌ ی فاجعه‌ بار آن‌ها، باخبر می‌شود؛ ولی توسط آن‌ها گرفتار می‌شود و باقی داستان ؛ ا شربیانی

  6. James James says:

    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 collegeThe 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 furtherFor 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 goodIt 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 themeDahl'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 uite astonishingThe 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 betweenA 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 life About Me For 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 whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping bypolldaddy poll9729544polldaddy poll9719251

  7. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    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 waysWe 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 JOBS His 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 bookYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

  8. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    The clever and courageous tale of a young boy and his spirited grandmother who fight witches together

  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    Down vith children Do them inBoil their bones and fry their skinBish them svish them bash them mash themBrrreak them shake them slash them smash themOffer 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 uite limitedAs 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 accentAnd 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 uiet and read very carefully the witch warningShe 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 clevernessI 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 impossibleI 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 oneRecently 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 difficultiesThose 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 benefitUnderneath 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 childrenEveryone 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?

  10. Mariah Roze Mariah Roze says:

    I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books When reading this book I realized that I definitely read this when I was in elementary school It brought back some memories I loved this book and the creativity and that Roald does with this story line

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The Witches ☆ The Witches PDF / Epub ✩ Author Roald Dahl – 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 the 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 uickly because there's nothing a witch loathes uite as much as children and she'll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them.