Did you know that witches are real? They are not like the fairy tales. Real witches wear ordinary clothes and look like ordinary women. That is why they are so hard to catch. Learn all you need to know about The Witches in the classic story/guide by Roald Dahl.

Children of all ages will delight in this imaginative tale of a young boy who is turned into a mouse by a cackle of witch determined to exterminate all of the children of the world.

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches

Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Age Range:8 – 12

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 224 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook


This amusing story starts with a breakdown of all stories and information known by the little boy narrator. He tells the reader about how to spot a witch. Since they look like regular women, you need to watch closely for the signs, such as wearing gloves. They are also constantly scratching at their scalps from wearing itchy wigs over their bald heads. But most of all, they will always act like they smell dog droppings when they are around children. For to them, all children smell like poop.

While the boy is staying with his grandmother in Norway for the summer, his mother and father are tragically killed. So his Grandmother moves back to England to raise him where he was born. Later while building his treehouse, the boy had his first encounter with a real witch. She approaches him and tries to lure him away with treats. But he was smart and saw the signs. He recognized that she was a witch and stayed in the tree until his grandmother came out to get him.

When summer came again, they planned on traveling back to Norway. But when his Grandmother came down with pneumonia, that was no longer possible. So instead, they decided to stay in a hotel in the south of England after she recovered. That is where he met at Grand High Witch. There was a whole convention of witches there with a new formula to turn children into mice. After catching the boy and turning him into one, he works with his Grandmother to outsmart the witches and foil their plan.

I absolutely loved this fantastic story. The imaginative world it created is so amazing, yet feels so real. The boy narrator is someone that everyone can relate to and feel his experiences through. I especially loved the special relationship the boy had with his Grandmother. It reminds me of my memories of my Grandparents.

The Witches is a must read for all children. It is a perfect middle grade book for younger readers experience a longer book. And a quick read for older readers used to young adult novels.

Be sure to read my other reviews of book by author Roald Dahl

The Witches
The Twits
James and the Giant Peach