Librarian: Caitlin Corless, assistant librarian, Essex Free Library
Book: The Witches by Roald Dahl
Age range: 8 and up
Corless' summary: In this classic chapter book by the author of James and the Giant Peach, witches roam the world like ordinary people. A young boy's grandmother tries to protect him by teaching him how to recognize witches. However, when the boy and his grandmother take what is meant to be a relaxing vacation, they find themselves sharing a hotel with all of the witches of England as well as the Grand High Witch of the World. Though frightened, the boy steps up to the challenge of ridding the world of witches and protecting children everywhere.
Why kids (and adults) love it: With quirky illustrations of bald, toeless witches, this hilarious adventure keeps readers on the edges of their seats. It may be a bit too thrilling for some, but early chapter-book readers looking for a somewhat scary story this Halloween will find The Witches to be a real treat! Read aloud or independently, it offers a great blend of humor and adventure for frightful fun.