Thursday, August 18, 2011
Book Talk Thursday-The Witches
For this week's Book Talk Thursday, I have decided to spotlight a book that is new to me. The Witches by Roald Dahl is another entertaining fantasy in true Roald Dahl-fashion. A young boy is sent to live with his grandmother, who tells him the story of witches. They are not ordinary witches-they look human and they hate children. Away on holiday, the boy finds himself stuck in a room full of witches at their annual meeting. While the witches, led by the Grand High Witch, plot to rid England of all the children, the boy and his grandmother have decided to turn the tables on them and plot to rid England of all the witches.
While the characters are likeable, and the story is entertaining, the fact remains that the story revolves around witches. You would definitely want to know your students before reading or recommending this book. It was #22 on ALA's Most Challenged list of the '90s. I enjoyed this book very much, and it will remain in my classroom library.