The witches

by Roald Dahl

The author

Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter.Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, he served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of wing commander. Dahl rose to prominence in the 1940s, with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world´s best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children´s books for their unsentimental, often very dark, humour.His works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits, George´s Marvellous Medicine and The BFG.



        In this book, a Luca’s parents die in a car crash, so he goes to live in Norway with his grandmother. She tells him stories about witches, who have claws instead of finger nails, bald heads, large nose holes, square feet, and blue spit. The grandmother tells her grandson that all the stories are true and that he must be on the lookout for witches, who loathe children. The boy’s grandmother gets sick and the two are forced to go to a hotel on the coast of England in order to improve her health. While there, the boy finds himself locked alone in a room with two hundred witches. He hides behind a screen in the room and hopes the witches, who have an amazing sense of smell, will not find him. While there, he overhears the witches’ wicked plan to turn children into mice by putting Delayed Action Mouse-Maker in chocolate bars in candy shops all around England. The witches demonstrate the Delayed Action Mouse-Maker on a boy named Bruno and he turns into a mouse. Then one of the witches smells the boy behind the screen (children smell like dog’s droppings to witches). The witches find him and unable to escape, he is turned into a mouse. After he becomes a mouse, he manages to escape their clutches. He finds Bruno and they both go on a quest to find the boy’s grandmother. After a dangerous journey to his grandmother’s room, the boy tells her what happened. He still has his human voice. The boy comes up with a plan to put Mouse-Maker into the witches’ food while they are still at the hotel and turn them all into mice. He sneaks into the Grand High Witch’s room and steals some Delayed Action Mouse-Maker. Then he goes into the kitchen and dumps it into the witches’ soup. The witches all turn into mice and are chased out of the hotel. The grandmother gives Bruno back to his parents. The boy is left a mouse for the rest of his life, but decides that he is happy with life as a mouse. He and his grandmother go back home and dedicate their lives to ridding the world of witches. 


Anjelica Huston - Grand High Witch (Best moments 4)
End Credits Music from the movie "The Witches"

Penguin Audio (USA)

The Witches by Roald Dahl, read by Miranda Richardson by Penguin Audio (USA)


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