In celebration of what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday yesterday, September 13th, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Roald Dahl books! Roald Dahl inspired and entertained generations of children (and grown ups!) with his whimsy, often twisted and humorous tales. His books have sold more than 250 million copies globally, and for good reason: the man truly was a creative genius!
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
An all time classic that has also inspired the films we all know and love. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory will always have a special place in all our hearts – the inspirational tale of a poor boy who was handsomely rewarded for his honesty and kindness.
I loved the original song lyrics of the Oompa Loompas in this book, the delicious descriptions of all the magical sweets and chocolatey goodness housed in the magical Wonka Factory!Square Sweets That Look Round, Lickable Wallpaper, a chocolate river, how could you resist not being drawn into the the magical world of Mr Wonka!
James & The Giant Peach
Another all time classic with its own movie adaptation, James & The Giant Peach started my love affair of all things peachy! Living with his two horrid, ghastly, frightful Aunts, little James takes off on a magical journey on a giant peach (which magically sprouted in his yard) with his new insect friends.
Another inspired and magical tale that I fondly remember staying up to read with a little flashlight!
Matilda was my hero when I was a child!
Everything about her and her story was pure magic to me and I found myself trying to be her; trying to move things with my mind powers, reading absolutely everything I could find (cereal boxes, instruction manuals, etc).
Matilda was also adapted into a delightful film as well as a musical theatre performance.
A collection of short stories of Roald Dahl’s own childhood, this book was a fantastic read and I highly recommend it for any Dahl fan. It is most suited to young adults and adults rather than children.
Roald Dahl reminiscences on his childhood; his years at boarding school, his holidays, testing chocolates for the local Chocolate Factory (the inspiration behind Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in fact!) and his interesting family.
This. I loved this! Tales of the Unexpected is a twisted collection of short stories: thrills, shocks, laughs and everything in between! Dahl’s short stories reflect the brilliance of his storytelling capabilities, perhaps even more so than his novels. His ability to take you on such an emotional adventure in only 10 pages is truly astonishing and the benchmark of a brilliant writer.
Although The Witches did frighten me as a child, I would still sneak this book into bed to read at night! I would then roam around throughout the day searching for Witches and seeing one in every older woman I disliked! The Witches is an extraordinary tale of a young boy living with his grandmother after the tragic death of his parents. His grandmother warns him about Witches: evil beings who delight in hurting children; but she can’t always be there to protect him now, can she?! Yet another of Roald Dahl’s wondrous tales that have been adapted into a fantastic film.