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!
"Funny, wise, deliciously disgusting, a real book for children." The Whitbread Award Judges (UK)
"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
Meet a hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches imaginable!
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.