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The Witchesby Roald Dahl
"With their third book for young readers, Gaiman and illustrator McKean are on their way to becoming the post-millennial Brothers Grimm. As visually breathtaking as it is scary, The Wolves in the Walls will delight readers of all ages."
Synopses & Reviews
Would you know a real witch if you saw one? They don't ride on broomsticks. They don't wear black capes or pointy hats. In fact, they don't look like witches at all. But one thing is certain: A real witch is the most dangerous of all living creatures. So you'd better learn to know one when you see one!
The young hero of this award-winning story learns that lesson in a hurry when he encouters a whole gruesome gang of them. He'll need all his wits about him to foil their wicked scheme — a dastardly plot to rid the world of children forever!
"A real witch is easily the most dangerous of all the living creatures on earth." But, if real witches disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies rather than flying around on broomsticks in pointy hats, how can you tell when you're face to face with one? Read this story and you'll find out all you need to know. You'll also meet a real hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches imaginable!
"A satisfying tale. Mr Dahl is a master of the improbable." New York Times
"One of Dahl's best...funny, yes, but a little scary as well." Booklist
"A fast moving, well-paced adventure. Blake's scratchy black-and-white line drawings perfectly complement this novel." School Library Journal
"Funny, wise, deliciously disgusting, a real book for children." The Whitbread Award Judges (UK)
From the creator of Dragonbreath comes a tale of witches, minions, and one fantastic castle, just right for fans of Roald Dahl and Tom Angleberger.
When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail's doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle's minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. (The minions are used to tall, demanding evil sorceresses with razor-sharp cheekbones.) But the castle desperately needs a master or else the Board of Magic will decommission it, leaving all the minions without the home they love. So when Molly assures them she is quite wicked indeed (So wicked! REALLY wicked!) and begins completing the tasks required by the Board of Magic for approval, everyone feels hopeful. Unfortunately, it turns out that Molly has quite a few secrets, including the biggest one of all: that she isn't who she says she is.
This quirky, richly illustrated novel is filled with humor, magic, and an unforgettable all-star cast of castle characters.
This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.
Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!
About the Author
Roald Dahl is, quite simply, one of the best-loved children's book authors of all time. He died in 1990 in Oxford, England, at the age of 74.
Quentin Blake has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books. The Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, he teaches illustration at the Royal College of Art in London.
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