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The Witches

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Information

  • First editions:
    • Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1983, USA.
    • Jonathan Cape, 1983, Great Britain.
  • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
  • Censorship:
    • Challenged in Spencer, Wisconsin because “it desensitizes children to crime related to witchcraft.”
  • Connections:
    • The protagonist’s two white mice are named William and Mary, the same as the (human) couple in “William and Mary”
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Description

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!


Reviews


Awards

  • New York Times Outstanding Books Award (USA 1983)
  • Whitbread Award (UK 1983)
  • Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award (UK 1983)

Articles

Criticism and Analysis


Fun Stuff

The Witches Quiz

Merchandise


Teacher Ideas


Covers


Bulgarian Covers – Вещиците


Catalan Covers – Les bruixes


Chinese Covers


Czech Covers – Čarodějnice


French Covers – Sacrées Sorcières


German Covers – Hexen Hexen


Hebrew Covers


Hindi Covers


Norwegian Covers – Heksene


Russian Covers – Ведьмы


Spanish Covers – Las brujas


Vietnamese Covers – Phù Thủy, Phù Thủy