We read the book the Witches and we watched the movie. They are similar in many ways but they have many differences like the boy was the boy in the book and Luke in the movie. But they were similar because the grandma smokes a cigar in both but a lot more in the book. I thought that they were both really good but I would recomend to read the book first because you can picture the story in your own mind and then you can see how it looks in the movie. It doesn't really matter but thats how I did it and I thought it was more interesting.