Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 0.7 in
Published: March 26, 2013
Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0141346418
ISBN - 13: 9780141346410
From the Publisher
The Grand High Witch of all the World has gathered together the
witches of England for an annual conference at the Hotel
Magnificent in Bournemouth. Their agenda is the elimination of all
the children in the country and the prospects for their young
victims look bleak. But her Grand High Witch and her cronies have
reckoned without the spark and ingenuity of a young guest at the
hotel and his rather brilliant grandmother.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
About the Author
Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946). Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details. Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.