The Witches

Reception

Dahl's children's stories have been praised as often as challenged. For instance, three of Dahl's stories appear in Publisher's Weekly's 150 Bestselling Children's Books of all time (until the year 2000).[1] However, The Witches was banned by some libraries due to perceived misogyny.[2] It appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990 to 1999, at number 22.[3] Some critics consider the book sexist,[4] with one stating that the book is how boys learn to become men who hate women.[5] Others see the book as presenting a more balanced message about learning to see past surface inspirations. One critic considers it an "unlikely source of inspiration for feminists."[6]


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