Tuesday 1 March 2016

St David's Day - My Top 5 Roald Dahl Books

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant Hapus! (Happy St David's Day!)

I figured that now was the perfect opportunity to celebrate one of Wales' most beloved writers, Roald Dahl.

Born and raised in Cardiff (our capital city,) to a Norwegian family, Roald Dahl would become one of the most loved children's authors of all time. And this September sees the centenary of his birth (in 1916.)

These, then, are my 5 favourite Roald Dahl books:

Matilda (UK - US)

I was a weird and bookish child: obviously then, I adored Matilda - and read it over and over (and over.) It's a fab story aside from the bookish-ness (although that's my favourite part,) and I always adored the sub-plots of Matilda's vengeance on her horrible family.

This is definitely my favourite Roald Dahl book :)

George's Marvellous Medicine (UK - US)

Everyone likes lists, because clearly we're all creatures of habit/neuroses at heart. So the main charm of this book to me, growing up (and still if I'm going to be honest about it,) was the listing of all the weird and wonderful things that George puts into his medicine to punish his horrible grandmother.

Horrible family members seem to be a theme in Roald Dahl books - just don't try any of this stuff at home!

Esio Trot (UK - US)

This one is a really sweet story about love, magic (sort of,) and tortoises. Of the same sort of length as George's Marvellous Medicine, but with far less bitterness.

The BFG (UK - US)

The story of a runty giant who likes to collect dreams, and his new friend, an orphan girl named Sophie.

This is a great book - full of iconic moments and scenes. And you have to love the BFG - he's just so sweet! And he has gigantic ears that you can sit in! What could be better?

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (UK - US)

The sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this is one that I really need to re-read because I don't remember an awful lot of it. What I do remember though is how utterly random it is - even for a Roald Dahl book.

And that is probably the reason why a) not many people have read it, and b) I remember it so fondly (I'm a fairly random person myself  >.< )

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  1. Roald Dahl's books are so fun!! I really want to see Matilda the play :)

  2. Roald Dahl is one of my inspirations to write childrens fiction! I love Matilda and the BFG, but I also really liked Esio Trot. The Witches was a personal favourite of mine as well ^.^

    1. I've never actually read The Witches (mentally adds to huge TBR pile...)


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