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Book Review: How to Avoid Witches, by Roald Dahl

MIDDLE GRADE: The ultimate guide to witch-spotting, stuffed with fun activities, stories, jokes and more!

A fun guide and puzzle book for all lovers of Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl, who published his first book in 1943, has become a favourite of millions of children around the world. His books have been republished many, many times over the intervening years, and quite a few have been made into movies. The Witches, first written in 1983, has just been made into a second, updated movie starring Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer. To coincide with the release of this movie and republishing of the original book, a guide has been created using all the information from the original book and adding extra puzzle fun.

For those who love the world of witches and spells, this is the perfect addition to your Roald Dahl library. Inspired by The Witches, How to Avoid Witches has turned the information found in the original novel into a guide on how to recognise witches, warnings of what to do if you come across a witch, how to avoid them, and even what to do if you happen to be turned into a mouse!

As well as all this very important information, there are jokes (some of them shockingly bad!), puzzles, quizzes, and pages to test your own artistic talent by creating your very own banknote or designing a Marvellous Mouse Mansion (just in case you happen to get turned into a mouse!)

This book is ready for holiday fun. It can be enjoyed by one person, a group of friends, or the whole family. Have the publishers taken advantage of the release of the new film? Almost certainly! Will a fan of the original book want to read it? Of course! Containing extracts and original story illustrations by Quentin Blake, this book is an ideal addition to a Christmas stocking to be enjoyed over the school holidays and beyond.

Reviewed by Sue Mauger

Distributed by: Penguin Books Australia
Released: September 2020
RRP: $14.99

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