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The Witches - a book by Dahl, Roald

The Witches

The Witches( )
Author: Dahl, Roald
Illustrator: Blake, Quentin
ISBN:978-0-374-38459-3
Publication Date:Aug 2013
Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Imprint:Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $21.99
Book Description:

"An orphan boy...discovers the true nature of witches and then has the misfortune to be transformed into a mouse by The Grand High Witch of All the World...A curious but honest tale which deals with matters of crucial importance to children: smallness, the existence of evil in the world, mourning, separation, death." --The New York Times Book Review

Book Details
Pages:240
Detailed Subjects: Juvenile Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.45 x 9.58 x 0.92 Inches
Book Weight:0.9 Pounds
Author Biography
Dahl, Roald (Author)


Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946).

Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details.

Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

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