"The Witches" reviewed by Katie on July 24, 2015

The Witches
Roald Dahl
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In this creepy adventure, a boy and his grandmother go to a hotel and discover that all the witches in England are there--and planning to destroy all of the country's children! When the boy falls prey to their plans, it's up to him and another "victim" (for lack of a better word), to stop them. I know that description doesn't sound very exciting, but this may be one of Roald Dahl's best works--at least the first part is. The first few chapters set up the story and leave the reader on the edge of their seat (or wherever they happen to read or listen to audiobooks.) The way they're written is so suspenseful and creepy this book could have almost been billed as a horror novel, despite being a children's book. Then we get to the second part, in which it becomes a "defeat the villain and save the day" story. This part isn't bad, but it does lack the creepiness of the first "act" and is very boring. When it gets to the climax, however, the story doesn't seem as scary, but it certainly is exciting (and a little bit creepy for spoilerific reasons). Since I listened to this story on an audiobook, I didn't see the illustrations the first time I heard it. However, I did look up some of the pictures on Amazon's preview feature, and they were gorgeous, strange, and fit the book through and through.
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If you enjoyed this book, you'll probably enjoy Roald Dahl's other books (though they are more disturbing and not as scary); R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" series; or if you're in the mood for something more directly for a young adult audience, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," By Ransom Riggs.
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"The Witches" may be a Children's book, but it packs all the punch of a great hour novel. Even if the second act isn't as good, the climax more than makes up for it. It's also worth noting that even though there isn't as much disturbing imagery as in other Roald Dahl books, this is still not something a young kid should read because of how scary it is. But for older tweens, teens, and adults, this is a definite must for all the horror fans out there.
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