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Roald Dahl is the author behind some of the best-loved children’s books of all time, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda, and The Twits. Roald Dahl’s book have been adored by children and adults alike all over the world. His books have been published in over 50 languages and adapted into numerous movies. There is even a Roald Dahl Museum in the UK for the true fans. His stories are full of magic, mayhem, and mischief.
From the budding poet to the reluctant reader, here are some favorite Dahl titles suited to all kinds of little personalities. Here we list 15 of Roald Dahl’s most unmissable works.
15 Phizz-Whizzing Books by Roald Dahl
On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant. Luckily it is the Big Friendly Giant, the BFG, who only eats snozzcumbers and glugs frobscottle. But there are other giants in Giant Country. Fifty-foot brutes who gallop far and wide every night to find human beans to eat. Can Sophie and her friend the BFG stop them?
Mr Willy Wonka is the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world. And do you know who Charlie is? Charlie Bucket is the hero. The other children in this book are nasty little beasts, called: Augustus Gloop – a great big greedy nincompoop; Veruca Salt – a spoiled brat; Violet Beauregarde – a repulsive little gum-chewer; Mike Teavee – a boy who only watches television. Clutching their Golden Tickets, they arrive at Wonka’s chocolate factory. But what mysterious secrets will they discover
Matilda tells the tale of Matilda, a good five-year-old girl who loves to read, has a horrible family and an even worse headmistress… She soon discovers, however, that she is special, and can make things move with her eyes. This is fundamentally a tale of good versus evil, but no topic, no matter how many times it has been told before, is boring when it is written by Roald Dahl. His imagination, creativeness, and inventiveness make this children’s story one-of-a-kind, and it will stay with you for years after you read it.
THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl is the story of a detestable breed of Witches. BEWARE. Real witches dress in ordinary clothes and look like ordinary women. But they are not ordinary. They are always plotting and scheming with murderous, bloodthirsty thoughts – and they hate children. The Grand High Witch hates children most of all and plans to make every single one of YOU disappear. Only one boy and his grandmother can stop her, but if their plan fails the Grand High Witch will frizzle them like fritters, and then what . . . ?
George Kranky’s Grandma is a miserable grouch. George really hates that horrid old witchy woman. One Saturday morning, George is in charge of giving Grandma her medicine. So-ho! Ah-ha! Ho-hum! George knows exactly what to do. A magic medicine* it will be. One that will either cure her completely . . . or blow off the top of her head.
James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He’s very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way?
Mr. Twit is a foul and smelly man with bits of cornflake and sardine in his beard. Mrs. Twit is a horrible old hag with a glass eye. Together they make the nastiest couple you could ever hope not to meet. Down in their garden, the Twits keep Muggle-Wump the monkey and his family locked in a cage. But not for much longer, because the monkeys are planning to trick the terrible Twits, once and for all
Boggis is an enormously fat chicken farmer who only eats boiled chickens smothered in fat. Bunce is a duck-and-goose farmer whose dinner gives him a beastly temper. Bean is a turkey-and-apple farmer who only drinks gallons of strong cider. Mr. Fox is so clever that every evening he creeps down into the valley and helps himself to food from the farms. Now the farmers have hatched a plan to BANG-BANG-BANG shoot, Mr Fox, dead. But, just when they think Mr Fox can’t possibly escape, he makes a fantastic plan of his own
This is the wonderful and warm-hearted Roald Dahl classic, Esio Trot. Mr. Hoppy really loves his neighbour Mrs. Silver, and Mrs. Silver really loves her tortoise, Alfie. One day Mrs. Silver asks Mr. Hoppy how to make Alfie grow, and suddenly Mr. Hoppy knows the way to win her heart. With the help of a magical spell and some cabbage leaves, can Mr. Hoppy be happy at last?
Billy’s mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that’s exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too – or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?
Revolting Rhymes is a fantastically funny poetry collection that shows aspiring young poets how to look at familiar things from a fresh and unique perspective. Dahl’s verses skewer classic fairy tales and ask readers to ruminate on unfamiliar questions like, “What if Cinderella didn’t like her prince?” or “Can you believe what a rotten little kid Goldilocks was?”
The Enormous Crocodile is planning what to have for his lunch. This foul fiend – the greediest croc in the whole river – wants to eat something juicy and delicious. His teeth sparkle like knives in the sun and he’s getting hungrier and hungrier. But what can the greedy grumptious brute guzzle up? Beware – he’s looking for someone . . . someone who looks a lot like YOU!
Ideal for kids who do not like fantasy, Boy, Roald Dahl’s bestselling autobiography, is full of hilarious anecdotes about his childhood and school days. Roald Dahl vividly shares his memories; some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. All are true.
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke shows Dahl’s love for children, language, and reading. The protagonist is a clergyman who is suffering from Back-to-Front Dyslexia, a condition that makes him say certain words backwards (to hilarious effect). Dahl and his collaborator Quentin Blake both donated their profits from the book to the Dyslexia Institute in London.
During World War II, a British plowman discovered a hoard of Roman silver while plowing a field in the Suffolk countryside. Unaware of the treasure’s value, he was cheated out of the fortune that should have been his by the man who hired him. The 34 pieces of silver were discovered after the war by the authorities and taken to the British Museum, where they reside today. Master storyteller Roald Dahl relates the unforgettable and true tale of the greatest treasure ever found in the British Isles.