Blog Tour: Roald Dahl 100th Celebration

Blog Tour: Roald Dahl 100th Celebration

Roald Dahl wrote some of my favorite books that I read as a child. Matilda being my top favorite, but I really enjoyed everything I read by him. I’m so excited to be able to be apart of this 100th Celebratory Tour, and I hope you guys enjoy this excerpt from The Witches, and make sure to check out the tour schedule below to follow along and see the other books and their AMAZING covers!


Blog Tour: Roald Dahl 100th CelebrationThe Witches by Roald Dahl
Published by Penguin on August 16th 2007
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Young Adult

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! 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!From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Witches Chapter 1: A Note about Witches

In fairy-tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on


But this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES.

The most important think you should know about REAL WITCHES is this.

Listen very carefully. Never forget what comes next.

REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary

women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ORDINARY JOBS.

That is why they are so hard to catch.

A REAL WITCH hates children with a red-hot sizzling hatred that is more

sizzling and red-hot than any hatred you could possibly imagine.

A REAL WITCH spends all her time plotting to get rid of the children in her

particular territory. Her passion is to do away with them, one by one. It is all she

thinks about the whole day long. Even if she is working as a cashier in a

supermarket or typing letters for a businessman or driving around in a fancy car

(and she could be doing any of these things), her mind will always be plotting and

scheming and churning and burning and whizzing and phizzing with murderous

bloodthirsty thoughts.

“Which child,” she says to herself all day long, “exactly which child shall I

choose next for my squelching?”

A REAL WITCH gets the same pleasure from squelching a child as you get

from eating a plateful of strawberries and thick cream.

She reckons on doing away with one child a week. Anything less than that

and she becomes grumpy.

One child a week is fifty-two a year.

Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear.

That is the motto of all witches.

Very carefully a victim is chosen. Then the witch stalks the wretched child

like a hunter stalking a little bird in a forest. She treads softly. She moves quietly.

She gets closer and closer. Then at last, when everything is ready…phwisst!…and she

swoops! Sparks fly. Flames leap. Oil boils. Rats howl. Skin shrivels. And the child


A witch, you must understand, does not knock children on the head or stick

knives in them or shoot at them with a pistol. People who do those things get caught

by the police.

A witch never gets caught. Don’t forget that she has magic in her fingers and

devilry dancing in her blood. She can make stones jump about like frogs and she can

make tongues of flame go flickering across the surface of the water.

These magic powers are very frightening.

Luckily, there are not a great number of REAL WITCHES in the world today.

But there are still quite enough to make you nervous. In England, there are probably

about one hundred of them altogether. Some countries have more, others have not

quite so many. No country in the world is completely free from WITCHES.

A witch is always a woman.

I do not wish to speak badly about women. Most women are lovely. But the

fact remains that all witches are women. There is no such thing as a male witch.

On the other hand, a ghoul is always a male. So indeed is a barghest. Both are

dangerous. But neither of them is half as dangerous as a REAL WITCH.

As far as children are concerned, a REAL WITCH is easily the most dangerous

of all the living creatures on earth. What makes her doubly dangerous is the fact that

she doesn’t look dangerous. Even when you know all the secrets (you will hear

about those in a minute), you can never be quite sure whether it is a witch you are

gazing at or just a kind lady. If a tiger were able to make himself look like a large dog

with a waggy tail, you would probably go up and pat him on the head. And that

would be the end of you. It is the same with witches. They all look like nice ladies.

Kindly examine the picture opposite. Which lady is the witch? That is a

difficult question, but it is one that every child must try to answer.

For all you know, a witch might be living next door to you right now.

Or she might be the woman with bright eyes who sat opposite you on the bus

this morning.

She might be the lady with the dazzling smile who offered you a sweet from a

white paper bag in the street before lunch.

She might even—and this will make you jump—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 part of her cleverness.

I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher is actually a

witch. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But—and here

comes the big “but”—it is not impossible.

Oh, if only there were a way of telling for sure whether a woman was a witch

of not, then we could go round them all up and put them in a meat-grinder.

Unhappily, there is no such way. But there are a number of little signals you can look

out for, little quirky habits that all witches have in common, and if you know about

these, if you remember them always, then you might just possibly manage to escape

from being squelched before you are very much older.


Copyright © Roald Dahl, Reprinted with Permission from Penguin Young Readers


About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.




September 5 – Peace Loves Books – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Excerpt
September 5 – The Compulsive Reader – Danny, The Champion of the World Review
September 5 – The Starry Eyed Revue – James and The Giant Peach Review
September 6 – Ex Libris Kate – The Witches Review
September 6 – Lost In Lit – The Witches Feature – Revisiting The Witches as an adult
September 7 – Cozy Reading Corner – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Excerpt
September 7 – The Plot Bunny – The Magic Finger Review
September 7 – Lilli’s Reflections – The Twits Excerpt
September 8 – The Irish Banana – Matilda Review
September 8 – Ticket To Anywhere – Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt
September 8 – Cuddlebuggery – Quentin Blake’s Illustrations of Roald Dahl’s Books Feature
September 8 – Beth Fish Reads – Going Solo Review
September 9 –  Ravenous Reader  The BFG Excerpt
September 9 – Paper Cuts  The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me Excerpt
September 9 – The Lovely Books – The Witches Excerpt
September 9 – A Glass of Wine – James and the Giant Peach Excerpt
September 10 – Novel Novice – George’s Marvelous Medicine Excerpt
September 10 – YA Bibliophile – Fantastic Mr. Fox Review
September 10 – Watercolor Moods – The Magic Finger Feature – Collage
September 10 – Cracking The Cover – The Magic Finger Feature – Short Review and History
September 11- Jessabella Reads – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review
September 11- Who R U Blog – Charlie and the Glass Elevator Feature – Trivia
September 12 – Belle of the Library – The Twits Review
September 12 – Book Mania Life – George’s Marvelous Medicine Review
September 12 – The Book Swarm – Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt
September 12 – Book Belles – James and the Giant Peach Feature – Book to Movie
September 12 –  Alexa Loves Books – Matilda Feature – Style Files
September 13- Roald’s birthday! – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Matilda Excerpt
September 13 – Roald’s birthday! – Mundie Kids  The BFG Review
September 13 – Roald’s birthday! – Read Now Sleep Later – Boy Excerpt
September 13 – Roald’s birthday – Consumed By Books – Matilda Excerpt
September 13 – Roald’s birthday – I Am A Reader – James and the Giant Peach Excerpt
September 13 – The Novel Life – Lessons that Roald Dahl has taught me feature
September 13 – The Book Rat – Esio Trot Excerpt
September 14 – Belle’s Bash – The BFG Excerpt
September 14 – WinterHaven Books – Esio Trot Excerpt
September 14 – A Book and A Latte – The Magic Finger Excerpt
September 14 – Hello Chelly – Matilda Feature – BookBags
September 14 – Loving Dem Books – Youtube Feature
September 15 – Writing My Own Fairy-Tale – George’s Marvelous Medicine Review
September 15 – The Book Bandit -The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me Review
September 15 – Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – Esio Trot Review
September 15 – Coffee, Books and Me – Top Ten Reasons You Should Read Roald Dahl’s Books
September 16 – Undeniably Book Nerdy – Boy Review
September 16 – Supernatural Snark – James and the Giant Peach Review
September 16 – My Friend Amy – Going Solo Excerpt
September 16 – The Quiet Concert  Danny, the Champion of the World Review
September 17 – Book Briefs – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
September 17 – Andi’s ABCs – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Feature – ABCs
September 17 – Just Another Rabid Reader – The Magic Finger Review
September 17 – Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia – Roald Dahl Feature – Food Feature
September 18 – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Matilda Feature – Reading With Dad
September 18 – Addicted 2 Novels – Esio Trot Review
September 18 – Pure Imagination – Fantastic Mr. Fox Excerpt
September 18 – Green Bean Teen Queen – What Roald Dahl Means To Me Feature
September 19 – Shooting Stars Blog – Roald Dahl Feature – Etsy Products
September 19 – Nightly Reading – Matilda Review


What is your favorite Roald Dahl book?


  1. Morgan @ Gone with the Words says:

    I love Roald Dahl too, I remember my grandma bought me Matilda when I was 8 and it became a favorite! And we read James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (another favorite) in school. His use of language is so original and clever, and I love his stories. I’ve never read The Witches though! Seems like a good time of year to do so 🙂

  2. Carina Olsen says:

    Lovely post Crystal 😀 I.. have not read any books by Roald Dahl before. Ahhhh. But I have seen many of the movies 😀 I love Matilda. And I loved The Witches too, though it has been years and years since I saw it, lol. I must re-watch 🙂 And so curious about his books too. Thank you for sharing. <3

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