I decided to fix the oversight in my children's literature experience by reading The Witches. This read was inspired by quite a few sources - Julia Pistell from Literary Disco recommended The Witches in their podcast, Chels from Chels&ABook hauled quite a few books from Roald Dahl over the summer AND it was just Roald Dahl Day on September 13! So, I hopped on Amazon and purchased The Witches and read it in one day.
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My favorite part of Roald Dahl's writing is when he breaks down the fourth wall and speaks directly to the reader (usually a child). I remember this being present in many other books I read when I was younger and I loved it. It makes the child feel special, like the author is recognizing their important role in the art of story telling and making sure they are paying attention to everything is going on. Dahl also plays up children's humor very well (and tastefully) and I found it quite funny as an adult. Here is an example when describing how to tell witches from regular women:
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. (c) Dahl, 1983.
HOW GREAT IS THAT? I can picture a classroom of children going wild while their teacher/maybe witch reads this aloud to them. It is a great way to engage the child in reading and keep them coming back for more.
Overall, this was a fantastic read and I will be purchasing more Roald Dahl books in the future!