The Witches by Roald Dahl was first introduced to me by my 4th grade teacher. After lunch, she would have us kids unwind by sitting quietly and listen to her read a book for half an hour. I was instantly in love with this book. I think I borrowed a copy and never returned it. I’m sorry, Mrs. Bourguignon! This book talks about the presence of witches clothed as a seemingly normal woman. She can be your neighbor down the hall that asks you to tea or the sweet lady who offers you a sweet.
You can usually spot a real witch if you pay close attention. A real witch will always wear gloves. Even in the summer. She has long hideous claws. If you watch her closely, she will always have a limp to her stride. A real witch has boxy feet with no toes so it would be difficult for her to walk in heels. A real witch will have a light blue tinge in her spit and a wig because real witches are as bald as an egg. Mind you, this is all from memory. That’s how much I re-read this book. : )
The book goes into depth about The Grand Witch and how she plans to wipe out all the children of the earth. She plans to do so by creating her own chocolate bars and dropping in a drop of her Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse-Maker potion. She plans to have all the children turn into little mice so they can be exterminated by unknowing adults. It was the most absurd of ingredients. I recall boiling down the wrong end of a telescope, the tongue of some strange animal, and an alarm clock. I lapped it all up. The preparing of ingredients (even though it did not deem edible in the slightest), talks of sweets/chocolate, and the unconditional love from the grandmother. I loved it and I still do. Never gets old!
Madeline L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time. There must be only a few of you who have not had the chance to read this amazing book as a child. If so, I urge you to get a copy. A must read if you’re a major sci-fi reader like me. This book was THE book that launched me into science fiction. This book changed the way I viewed the world and what words can do. This is another all-time favorite that I undoubtedly read over a hundred times or more.
“You’d better check the milk,” Charles Wallace said to Meg now, his diction clearer and cleaner than that of most five-year-olds.“You know you don’t like it when it gets a skin on top”*“You put more than twice enough milk.” Meg peered into the saucepan.Charles Wallace nodded serenely.“I thought Mother might like some.”“I might like some what?” a voice said, and there was their mother standing in the doorway.“Cocoa,” Charles Wallace said. “Would you like a liverwurst-and-cream cheese sandwich? I’ll be happy to make you one.”