The Grand High Witch’s Reading Challenge!

Greetings children!

I have heard through the secret witches network that you are about to read ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl in honour of World Book Day. An excellent choice!

My name is the Grand High Witch, and I’ve got a little reading challenge for you. I wonder how many of you delightful little creatures can complete what I have in store? If you answer the questions below, a star will appear as if by magic next to your name on the star chart . . . !

If you fail to answer, prepared to be zapped into a mouse! A cabbage! Mwah ha ha ha!!!

‘Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they despise. Luckily one boy and his grandmother know how to recognise these vile creatures – but can they get rid of them for good?’

  1. Can you spot the simile on the blurb on the back cover?
  2. Define the word ‘despise’. Can you name any synonyms for this word?
  3. Do you think the witches are easy to recognise? Why?
  4. Make a prediction about how the boy and his grandmother ‘get rid’ of the witches for good.
  5. Name two words that are typical of the style of Roald Dahl on the back cover of the book. Have you noticed words like these in any other of his stories?


4 thoughts on “The Grand High Witch’s Reading Challenge!

  1. 1.There are no simile
    2.fell competed
    3.yes because it’s horrible.
    4.The boy has a hammer on his back so he can whack his grandma or say sorry for her grandma that he stole her cat and dog.
    5.squish and squelch.

  2. 1. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies.
    2. Fell competed
    3. Yes because you could just see the outside and rip it off.
    4. The boy sneaks over and the grandma sneak and get a knife and kill the witches or they could make a discussion and ask them to leave.
    5. Whizzing and phizzing.

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