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.  

Happy Reading!


  1. This was one of my favorites books (and movie!) as a kid! Still gives me the shivers because of the creepy witches!!

    Mrs. Bee
    Bee's KinderGarden

  2. I love Roald Dahl books! I recently re-read this one, and it was just as scary as I remember it being! I plan on reading aloud James and the Giant Peach this year.


  3. One of my FAVVVVVORITE books from my childhood!!! I absolutely loved the movie too. I read it to my 4th graders 2 years ago and they loved it so much that we ended up reading every Roald Dahl book we could before school was out and watched the matching movies. Great choice!! :D

  4. I love this book, too. I have a small group set that I've used... but it's definitely one that I have the kids take home to share with their parents first!