- Number of Pages: 208
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
This just isn't a fairy tale. This can be about true witches. Real witches are basically the most harmful of all living creatures on earth. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories— but nothing at all can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself! Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to obtain rid of them.
"This just isn't a fairy tale. This actually is about true witches. When the narrator's parents die in a car crash on page two (contrast this terribly genuine demise with that of James's parents who are devoured by an escaped rhinoceros in James together with all the Giant Peach) , he is taken in by his cigar-smoking Norwegian grandmother, who has learned a storyteller's respect for witches and is wise to their ways."So begins 1 of Roald Dahl's best books ever, and, ironically, it is such a great story because the premise is perfectly plausible from the outset.
Of course, there's adventure appropriate here along with Dahl's trademark cleverness and sense of the grotesque. (Ages 7 to 10, or read aloud to younger children) Dahl also communicates some essential truths to children: if they smoke cigars, they'll never catch cold, and, most importantly, they ought to never bathe, due to the reality a clean child is far, far easier for a witch to smell than a dirty one certain.
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