"There is a secret society of Witches in every country," said my grandmother. "An English witch will know all the other witches in England. They swap deadly recipes. Goodness knows what else they talk about. I hate to think."
Unfortunately, there is no way of telling for sure whether a woman is a witch or not- but there are a number of little signals that you can look out for, as the hero of this story finds out. But can he foil the Grand High Witch and her gang before he is squelched forever?
How would you feel if you were turned into a mouse (or another creature)? Could you write a story about an adventure that you might have?
Write a follow-up to this story in which the boy and his grandmother turn more witches into mice.
If a witch 'squelches' one child per week, how many children is that in a year... in two years... in ten years? How many would that be if she 'squelched' two children every week?
Investigate capacity and the different amounts of liquids required to make a special potion.
Witches can find children using their amazing sense of smell. Find out about the different senses and how we use them.
Chapter 12 is called 'Metamorphosis'. Find out what this means? can you discover any examples of metamorphosis in nature?
Plan a healthy menu for the hotel restaurant.
Could you record a news report which describes the disappearance of the children in the story?
Use publishing software to create a sign / poster which warns people about witches and teaches them how to recognise a witch.
Make an animation which shows an ordinary woman transforming into a witch.
Make an animation which shows a child transforming into a tiny mouse!
Design a machine which could be used to catch witches.
Make a model of the boy's dream White Mouse Circus. What different acts would there be? What equipment would each one need?
The witches are told by The Grand High Witch to buy their own sweet shops. Can you design a sign for these shops? Could you make a poster to advertise the Great Gala Opening of each shop? Can you plan the layout of the different products?
Paint the picture described in Chapter 2, in which the missing girl appears.
Draw pictures of different witches using the descriptions in Chapter 3.
Compose a tune for The Grand High Witch's song in Chapter 8.
The boy's grandmother comes from Norway. Can you find this on a map? What do you know Boutnthe country? Could you write a report about the country and the people who live there?
Find a map of the world and think about how witches in different countries might deal with children in different ways.
Draw a map of the hotel, including the different rooms mentioned in Chapter 5.
Find out how to say some common words in Norwegian. Could you have a simple conversation with a friend using the language?
Make a poster to teach other children about stranger danger.