The great Roald Dahl

It’s Roald Dahl’s birthday on the 13th of September. I am over at Writing to be Read with a post to celebrate this event. Thank you Kaye Lynne Booth for hosting me.

Writing to be Read

September 13 is the birthday of Roald Dahl, children’s writer extraordinaire. Of course, Roald Dahl also wrote for adults and I have read and enjoyed a number of his adult stories, including my favourite, Lamb to the Slaughter.

I believe he is best known, however, for his children’s books which are filled with his unusual imagery, imagination and his wacky sense of humour. Roald Dahl is guaranteed to appeal to the most reluctant child reader and his books are a terrific way to get them engaged in a good story which will entertain you as the parent too.

My favourite Roald Dahl book is The Witches, but today, I am going to focus on Michael’s and Gregory’s favourite Roald Dahl books.

Michael’s favourite – James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach is all about a young English lad who is orphaned at an early age due to…

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38 thoughts on “The great Roald Dahl

  1. There was supposed to be a movie being made about Dahl, starring Hugh Bonneville as the author, with Keeley Hawes playing his wife Patricia Neal and Sam Heughan starring as Paul Newman. But I haven’t heard anything new about it in a long while.

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    1. Hi Kim, Roald Dahl’s adult books are good. He mainly writes short stories. I haven’t been to the library in South Africa for years. I’ve visited libraries in New Zealand and England. Their’s are wonderful, completely state of the art. I read somewhere that the libraries in a country give you excellent insight into the attitutde and state of education in that country.

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  2. Because I can’t afford to buy books, I visit our local library often, Well I did before lockdown. Over the past twenty years though the theft and vandalism of books, as well as the often revolting, sexual graffiti drawn inside books, has steadily increased. It is not only an indication of education standards, but also the mentality of the people using the library.

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  3. This was a delightful post and excellent reviews of Roald Dahl’s books. They are among my favorites, too. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my #1. I was unable to ‘like’ the full post, so please know how much I enjoyed it.

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