Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Kim's Review : The Witches - Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's - the Witches has courted its fair share of controversy. It appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990 to 1999, at number 22.

While it may seem politically incorrect today, I enjoyed it as a child and the re-reading was equally pleasurable.

The story is about how witches live among humans, looking completely human, until they take off their gloves and wigs and shoes. Their one purpose in life is to get rid of children because they don't like how they smell.

This story is like the ghost stories my nana used to tell. Stories we begged her to tell us, of ghosts and witches and demons. There is a wicked pleasure in reading books like these or hearing the stories. It scares you, without terrorising you, while at the back of your mind, you still know that they are just stories.

I think kids today (9-14 year olds) will also enjoy this book, especially little boys and girls who love to be scared. Be aware, tha this book isn't in the same genre as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but its still a good read.

Rating : 3 / 5

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