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The Witches

The Witches
  

A real witch gets the same pleasure from squelching a child as you get from eating a plateful of strawberries and cream. What's even more unnerving is that real witches don't look like witches. So how can you tell when you meet one? This story reveals all about a most gruesome ga... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780140868708
Published 25 February 1999 by Penguin
Format Audio cassette/Audio, New edition, Contains 1 Book and 1 Audio cassette
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Author(s) By Dahl, Roald
Read by Barber, Frances
Read by Hardiman, Terrence
Illustrated by Blake, Quentin
Series Puffin audio book & tape packs
Availability Out of print

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ISBN-13 9780140868708
ISBN-10 0140868704
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin Books
Publication Date 25 February 1999
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Audio cassette/Audio, New edition, Contains 1 Book and 1 Audio cassette
Contains Contains 1 Book and 1 Audio cassette
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Dahl, Roald
Read by Barber, Frances
Read by Hardiman, Terrence
Illustrated by Blake, Quentin
Series Puffin audio book & tape packs
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Number of Pages 1
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 207mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 264g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

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A real witch gets the same pleasure from squelching a child as you get from eating a plateful of strawberries and cream. What's even more unnerving is that real witches don't look like witches. So how can you tell when you meet one? This story reveals all about a most gruesome gang of witches.

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US Review By a talky, roundabout route, Dahl slyly (if deterringly) takes the narrator - ostensibly himself at seven - into the delicious, ambiguous situation of being a mouse-boy. . . who turns the tables on his tormentors. We first hear about witches: they spend their time plotting to get rid of children, they all look like nice ladies, they are difficult but not impossible to spot. Then, we hear about Dahl's cigar-smoking Norwegian grandmother, who told him about witches and how to spot them: they all wear wigs to cover their bald heads, for one thing, and have itchy scalps. So, when Dahl and his grandmother are at a Bournemouth hotel, and the lady-delegates to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children conference start scratching away (p. 57), Dahl is wary. Then the pretty head lady takes off her mask: the Grand High Witch incarnate! To demonstrate her Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse-Maker, she's already fed some to greedy, obnoxious little Bruno Jenkins - who turns into a mouse on schedule. Will Dahl be detected, hiding behind a screen? He hasn't washed in days, but some of that tell-tale child-scent, anathema to witches, escapes. Forcefed the potion, he joins Bruno scampering about the floor - but they still have their own voices, and his wonderful witchophile grandmother will know what to do. Actually, Dahl's wits have if anything sharpened. With his grandmother as a confederate, he steals a bottle of the potion; pours it into the witch-delegates' soup tureen; and has the exquisite pleasure of seeing them turned into mice, to be wiped out on the spot. (Bruno meanwhile is contentedly munching away - to the horror of his mouse-hating parents.) When last seen, DaM and his grandmother are quietly resettled in Norway - where he wonders if she'll live out Ms short mouse-life span, and she's plotting to get rid of the world's remaining witches. A (quicker-acting) sequel is to be eagerly expected. (Kirkus Reviews)

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