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Friday, October 19, 2012
Friday Feature: The Witches
Friday Feature is where we share books we love that have been out for several years. We don't want these treasures to get lost just because they aren't babies anymore! The Witches
Published 1985 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1983)
This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! "In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch." Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.
This is a fun book for all ages with a creative plot and fun characters. Luke's adventures to save the children are very entertaining. I also like the overall thought that people are not always what they seem- both good and bad qualities- so you need to dig deeper to find out who they really are. (besides, what if there really are witches?) 5/5 stars