Review: The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches - Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl


This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! "In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch." Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.


My opinion:

Don't judge me, but I've never read Roald Dahl before. I have seen some of his movies adaptations and I remember that I thought The Witches was very scary. I decided to read this one on my ereader (I think it is embarassing to read a childrens book in public when they can see his covers.. I don't know why haha but I think I might buy the boxset, if I have the money because it's quite expensive.) and I loved it! I remember a few things, but not everything. This is a great story with a really good moral (If someone really loves you, it doesn't matter what you look like) but the book wasn't that scary.


After I finished the book (yesterday morning) I rewatched the movie later that day (so yesterday) and it was still scary! The Witches terrify me which is weird because usually I'm not scared of horror. 


I gave the book and the movie both 5 stars (of course) and I highly recommend this one to everybody. Here's the trailer in case you haven't seen the movie yet:



Did you read the book/ watch the movie when you were a kid?