Title: The Witches
Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Puffin Books
My Rating: 6/10
This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.
Grandmother loves to tell about witches because the real witches are very dangerous. But the thing is that it is hard to tell who is a witch and who is not. Luckily, grandmother knows everything you have to look out for (gloves, wigs etc). Especially kids are in danger because there is nothing they hate so much as children. The witches are trying to get rid of them all. Grandson loves to listen to these stories but it didn’t prepare him when he comes face-to-face with those witches.
When I was younger I loved to read the BFG by Roald Dahl and also Matilda was a favourite of mine. But I’ve never read this one. I even haven’t watched the movie yet. I know that there is a version from 1990 and a newer one from last year. But still. I had no idea what the book was about. Okay, I knew it was going to be about Witches, the title gave that away. But other than that I knew nothing about this book.
Roald Dahl’s books are a combination of dark fantasy and fun. In Matilda, the principal was super scary but the movie is still really fun to watch. And in the end, everything will be okay. The giants in BFG are also kind of scary but it is still heart-warming. This book is the same. The witches are creepy but eventually, the book is fun to read.
And after reading this book, I definitely want to watch the movie ‘The Witches’. I saw that the 2020 version is on Prime Video, so I think I am going to do that. Maybe not now, but definitely later. Because maybe I will like the movie better. It was not the book was bad or anything. It is still sort of fun. But I was expecting more from it? Maybe I am just too old for it now? I think the younger version of myself would have enjoyed it more. It was okay to read it, but it is not I would reread the book again.
I would only recommend it, if you really like Roald Dahl’s other stuff or when you are a kid. I wouldn’t recommend it to really young kids, but young teenagers will be fine. I mean, the witches want to turn those kids into mice, the 7-year-old me would get nightmares from that.