The Witches

Suitable for 7 - 11 years

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The witches hate children with a sizzling red-hot hatred. They have sorcery in their fingers and devilry in their blood. Their plan is to destroy every last child in the world. Can one boy and his grandmother stop them? Introducing heaps of deliciously frightening characters – most memorably the truly terrible Grand High Witch – Roald Dahl’s most mesmerising and blood-chilling story is a transfixing tale to terrify and bewitch.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 5.0 points

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  • 224 pages




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  1. bookmad3
    on 26 May 2015

    Great book. A must read.

    5out of 5
  2. butterskoopid9741
    on 13 December 2014

    A beautiful description about how to identify a witch….. must read this book ..

    5out of 5
  3. Cheerforevers
    on 9 March 2014

    This is about witches who want to get rid of children forever.

  4. AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    The most imaginative and hilarious plot I have ever read

  5. Rumaitha12
    on 8 March 2014

    The pictures was good and the story was well written. I loved this so much.

  6. bookaholic202
    on 8 March 2014

    I thought it would be scary but it was pretty funny. But I didn’t like the ending at all .

  7. Sueclaire
    on 7 March 2014

    This is a must-have book

    5out of 5
  8. NatKlymko
    on 5 March 2014

    The witches are a good story to read if you’re bored. Recommend for readers 7+.

  9. Tots786
    on 6 February 2014

    This Book Was A BLAST!!!!!! IT WAS A HELL OF AN AWESOME BOOK! READ IT!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  10. booksrule1011
    on 5 May 2013

    I have watched the film and can get into the book. That obviously means it is a really good book!

    5out of 5
  11. Twilight911
    on 26 March 2013

    I liked it its not the best book in the world but its quite good that the witches are undercover as ladies.

    4out of 5
  12. Helloioioi
    on 7 March 2013

    roald dahl must be very creative to write that book.

  13. samcharlie123
    on 7 March 2013

    We read this book at school, and I loved it! This is a must read book!

    5out of 5
  14. ninjastickman
    on 5 March 2013

    The witches is a classic tale of some witches get together in the hotel the main character is in and they plot to turn all the children in the world to mice

    5out of 5
  15. Sherlock25
    on 5 March 2013

    Not my fave book but still well written and younger children might enjoy

  16. Paradise56
    on 5 March 2013

    this book is about a boy who gets turned into a mouse by the Grand High Witch of the entire world. a must read book

  17. Too-Amazayn
    on 5 March 2013

    Roald Dahl is just too cool, his imagination and brilliant story telling makes for amazing and simply timeless books, but I had to admit when I first read it, certain parts gave me chills

    4out of 5
  18. natashakrywald
    on 4 March 2013

    good book

    4out of 5
  19. lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    This is about witches all over the world trying to turn children into mice.

  20. Glitter11
    on 26 January 2013

    awesome book!!!

    5out of 5
  21. REDGO
    on 21 November 2012


    5out of 5
  22. slattery40
    on 26 September 2012

    might give some kids nightmares so if you are 8 or under this is not a great idea….............

  23. Futureauthor2002
    on 21 September 2012

    great book! i love it!

    5out of 5
    on 31 March 2012

    My teacher is reading this to us in class and I’m reading it to my mum at home. It’s an amazing book.

    5out of 5
  25. smileitsfriday
    on 4 March 2012

    This is one of the best books ever! I read it when I was six (took ages) and for ages, it was the only book I ever read until I found N.E.R.D.S. when I was 7. (I can’t find it on this website!) * * * *

  26. nikki657
    on 3 March 2012


  27. la1397
    on 3 March 2012

    The witches was both scary for me, funny, and rather disgusting in parts. It was so enjoyable to read, and whatever age I am, when I see my Dahl collection, I don’t worry atall that I’m too old to be reading them. Quite the opposite actually, when I’m an adult I’ll be reading them to my children, because I think stories like the witches last centuries. :)

  28. mogsom
    on 3 March 2012

    it is about a witche

    5out of 5
  29. cowmoo1170
    on 3 March 2012

    This was a great book. i think it was slightly too complicated for some young readers but I recommend it as it is perfect for boys and girls!

    4out of 5
  30. StarstoneShyElk
    on 2 March 2012

    loved it!

  31. lids
    on 1 March 2012


  32. Flissy22
    on 1 March 2012

    when i first read this i was quite scared, then i watched the film i was even more scared but is defiantly a good book.

  33. aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    This is the best book in the world. I have read it more than 20 times and still love it.

    5out of 5
  34. angelslater
    on 1 March 2012

    this book is brill!! and it also made me check everyones eyes for a tint of purple to see if they were witches. i think its great and a bit scary at times.

  35. Charmzwj
    on 29 December 2011

    This book is awesome!It’s so interesting. This book is magical.I’m totally into the world of this book when I read it.It’s all about witches and potions.You should read it.

    5out of 5
  36. luckylucia4233
    on 30 November 2011


    5out of 5
  37. pawprint2
    on 13 November 2011

    Loved it!!!

  38. Izzwizz555
    on 24 September 2011

    The Witches is a really good book and you want to know what is going to happen.

  39. dogs123
    on 21 September 2011

    this book is brilliant and i espessially love the part were they take their masks off

    5out of 5
  40. booksrcul
    on 18 September 2011


    4out of 5
  41. CarribbeanCuba
    on 15 September 2011

    A truly satisfying book.

  42. bookywooky05
    on 12 August 2011

    5 stars this is my fav roald dahl book and they are all so good

  43. KarlMagic33
    on 30 May 2011

    Just great nothing is wrong about this book and I would recommend this bookto any one I meet.

    5out of 5
  44. trixie101098
    on 4 March 2011


    5out of 5
  45. cutekittens
    on 3 March 2011

    First, Luke does not believe grandma about witches so i was astonished to see that Luke met a witch giving him a snake! I enjoyed this book alot and i would recomment this to ANYONE. Although this book is very good, it also includes a twist to it and it hooks the reader!

    5out of 5
  46. wimpy01
    on 2 March 2011

    I’m reading this book thingers crossed it’s as good as the film because it’s a hard one to beat.

  47. Missymessy
    on 24 February 2011

    Utterly Hilarious, another brilliant Roald Dahl with funny characters and hilarious story lines and names. Always loved this book, glad I’ve re-read it! Recommend!

    5out of 5
  48. bookgirl150
    on 20 February 2011

    the witches is the best roald dahl book ever i love it so much

    5out of 5
  49. pianostar412
    on 25 January 2011

    This book is an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G book i love it! Its verry exiting. M.J.M

    5out of 5
  50. sledz1355
    on 16 January 2011

    i give it a 20 out of 20

    5out of 5
  51. kisha5
    on 20 November 2010

    i like this book as it was really funny its a fantastic book

    5out of 5
  52. rachellen1
    on 15 November 2010

    i loved it and i give it 10 out of 10

    5out of 5
  53. zzzzrose
    on 7 October 2010

    i love the part were he is turened into a mouse by delaied action mouse maker

    5out of 5
  54. poppy100
    on 12 September 2010

    I loved this was page turing with lots of exment!!! i think this is good for anyone 7 over but i read it when i was 11 enjoy poppy100 !!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  55. jackman2k10
    on 28 February 2010

    The Grand High Witch has a fiendish plan for getting rid of all the children in England. First, her fellow hags will take over all the sweet shops. Next, they will sell poisoned sweets and chocolate which turn children into mice! Then, make way for the mouse traps…

    This terrible plan is overheard by the young boy narrator of the story. Fortunately, his grandma knows something about witches. Unfortunately, before he has a chance to consult her, he is turned into a mouse himself.

    Will the witches triumph? Are the children of England doomed? And what exactly is the secret behind grandma’s missing finger? This award-winning tale has all the answers

    5out of 5
  56. bookfan1
    on 22 February 2010

    This book is SUPER DUPER!!!! I loved it!!!

    5out of 5
  57. molru
    on 15 February 2010

    i love this book it is about a boy whos parents die so he goes to live with his nan

    who knows what adventures theyll have ?

    5out of 5
  58. hatman
    on 19 January 2010

    This is such a funny book! i think its the best book Roald Dahl has written!

  59. JKK
    on 4 October 2009

    This is a great book that ill make even the oldest person laugh