Cynthia M. Allen: Leave Roald Dahl alone! Classics for kids don’t need to match our delicate sensibilities

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram

There has been a debate raging within my household for months over when my oldest children (ages 6 and 7) will be permitted to watch “The Witches,” the 2020 film based on Roald Dahl’s fantasy children’s novel of the same title. My girls have been begging to watch it ever since we read the book, which tells the story of a little boy’s encounter with the secret worldwide network of child-hating witches. It was one of our most beloved family read-alouds last summer — probably less on account of my attempt at theatrical narration than on Dahl’s colorful characters, vibrant prose and inventive stor…

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