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Monday 13 September 2010

The Witches by Roald Dahl [Review]

"Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the retched children they despise. Luckily one boy and his grandmother know how to recognise these vile creatures - but can they get rid of them for good?"

I remember reading this for the first time and being absolutely terrified. Shudderingly terrified. I actually had nightmares. I'd be about... eight I dare say, and I just remember the witches themselves being so scary and chilling. As I've grown up I still find them scary and chilling. They are just terribly horrible creatures.

I asked my older cousins who passed their copy of this on to me along with a few other of Dahl's books which ones are their favourites. And both said that this sticks out. Not because it's a heart-warming story, but because it scared them and really made them feel something.

The thing that I love above most about this story is the traditional good vs evil story. It never gets old, any whichway you spin it, and Roald Dahl is a master story-teller. The writing in this one is superb, and in all honesty, I think that this book is aimed at older readers than some of Dahl's books. It is certainly in my top 5, hence why I've read it specially for today's review. Like all of Roald's work, it's timeless and loveable every time you read it.

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