This is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them.
I’m pretty sure I was the only person ever to not read this as a kid. At least, that’s what my friend told me. So she thrust it into my hands, and demanded I read it ASAP. I’m so glad I finally did!
The witches were absolutely terrifying, and completely believable. My favourite thing in a fantasy book is when they have disguises that make you unsure about where they are. They could be sitting right next to you on the bus as you read this… And you’d have no idea. They were described so well, and I believed every crazy thing we were told about them. Plus, there were cute little illustrations (as if Dahl’s descriptions weren’t enough).
The kid was so cute. Did he have a name? Maybe I just missed it at the beginning, but I don’t think he did. His Grandmamma called him “my darling”, and Bruno was too self absorbed to call him anything. If I’m right, and he was nameless, that’s very clever. He was also so kind, when he had no reason to be. Like I said, Bruno was horrible. But the kid helped him as much as he could.
He was also surprisingly clever. He was great at escaping the terrifying witches. He made up genius plans to get back at them. He remembered every little detail of what he overheard, no matter how weird some of the words were. I like it when kid’s books make kids that go and do things for themselves. He let his Grandmamma help him, so he wasn’t an idiot. But he also actually helped make the world a better place, despite being so young.
If I was a kid, I think I would’ve been too scared of the witches to enjoy this. But as a teenager, I loved it. I’m so glad I finally read it!