Great Read Aloud Books: The Witches by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl‘s now classic book The Witches is a fun read aloud book great for this time of year. The first time I experienced this book was in the 3rd or 4th grade when one of my elementary teachers read it to the class. This is particularly funny because in the very beginning in the A Note About Witches section Dahl is informing the readers that a witch can be your next door neighbor, the lady across the isle on the bus, or even your teacher!
…she might even be your lovely school-teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment. Look carefully at that teacher. Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of such a suggestion. Don’t let that put you off. It could be a part of her cleverness.
If you are planning to read The Witches aloud to your children or class be sure to practice your most shrill Grand High Witch voice! Here is a bit of text to practice with:
“Children are rrree-volting!” screamed the Grand High Witch. “Vee vill vipe them all avay! Vee vill scrub them off the face of the earth! Vee vill flush them down the drain!”
“They are vurse than dogs’ drrroppings!” screeched the Grand High Witch. Dogs’ drrroppings is smelling like violets and prrrimroses compared vith children!”
You’ll learn how to spot a witch and all the tell tale signs, by the end of the book you’ll be an expert witch spotter. Do you know the difference between regular people and witches? If not, this is the book for you… 😉
Learn about the Grand High Witch and her horrendous plans for the children of England. Will Luke and his grandmother escape their clutches? What will become of them and of the witches?
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