Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches is a perfect summer read for your nine year old (and up) . Growing up, Grandmamma always told stories about witches and how much they hated children. Her grandson found this out the hard way when he met The Grand High Witch and is turned into a mouse. Now he and his new friend Bruno, also captured and changed into a mouse by the witch, must find a way to save all the children in England from becoming mice.
Dahl has such a great way of creating unique and fun characters. His storytelling is filled with humor and wit that is certain to keep all ages interested. It is also refreshing to see how empowering Dahl makes his children characters. He puts them in challenging situations and makes them solve problems that often encompasses the entire world of children. If you are looking for a book to read aloud with your younger reader, this would be a perfect choice. The story is filled with amazing descriptions and engaging dialogue that is excellent for dramatic reading.