The Witches


Roald Dahl

Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Reading Age: 9+

Interest level: 9+


Roald Dahl

Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Real witches disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they despise. The Grand High Witch of All the World is the worst of them all - and now she has gathered together all the witches of England for an annual conference at the Hotel Magnificent in Bournemouth to plot to eliminate all children. Luckily, one boy and his grandmother know how to recognise these vile creatures, and have a plan to get rid of them for good...


This deliciously dark offering from beloved children's author Roald Dahl is a firm favourite with young readers. Attracting some controversy in terms of its depictions of women, it nonetheless remains a brilliant blend of Dahl's trademark humour with the spine-tingling and scary.


Publisher: Puffin

About the author

  • Quentin Blake

    Children's Laureate 1999-2001
    Quentin Blake was born in 1932 and read English at Cambridge, before attending Chelsea Art College. He has won many major prizes for illustration, including the Kate Greenaway Medal (1980) and the Red House Children's Book Award (1981) for Mister Magnolia. He is also the winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration and in 1990 was voted 'The Illustrator's Illustrator' by Observer Magazine. A tireless promoter of children's literature – and a long-time collaborator with roald Dahl –  Quentin Blake was awarded the OBE in 1988 and in 2005 he was awarded a CBE for services to Children's Literature. In the most recent New Year’s Honours list he has been knighted.


    Quentin was the inaugural Children's Laureate (1999-2001), an experience he recorded in his book Laureate's Progress. During his time in the role, he celebrated children's books and children's book illustration with a range of projects and exhibitions, and conceived the idea for the House of Illustration, the world's first centre dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms.   


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16 October 2016

I like this book, it is a great book.!!!!

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29 September 2016

This book is the best and I am 15 years old. Well done Quentin Blake and our most loved children's author Roald Dahl

Rating: 5 star
10 July 2016

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