Roald Dahl Books You Should Read
Roald Dahl has written numerous No.1 sellers that have been adapted for movies such as “Matilda” or “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” which he helped re-write as a screenplay for “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” seen it? He has co-written several other film screenplays and scripts for plays.
Here are the Roald Dahl books everyone should read.
My Year (1991)
Published as the “The Roald Dahl Diary” right after he passed away, this is a compilation of his last year’s events recounted month by month with a little spice up from old stories.
The Minpins (1991)
After sneaking off to the Forest of Sin, Little Billy meets the Minpins, who are little people leaving in hollow trees. Billy must defeat the terrible beast terrifying the Minpins before returning home. It was the last book he wrote for children.
Esio Trot (1990)
Mr. Hoppy loves Mrs. Silver very much but the woman seems to like her pet tortoise “Alfie” more. It’s the tortoise and some bit of magic that finally brings them together. Note the title reads “Tortoise” backward.
Roald Dahl’s Guide to Railway Safety (1991)
Want to know the Do’s and Don’ts to help you stay safe on the railway? Then this book is a perfect entertaining guide that was initially handed to primary school kids in the UK.
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991)
Rev. Robert Lee overcame Dyslexia as a young boy, and he is both charming and very religious as a grown man. He, however, causes confusion to his parishioners when he develops a new condition that the doctors in Nibbleswicke call “Back-to-Front” Dyslexia.
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)
Billy wishes that the shop down the street would be opened as a sweet shop instead of the window washing company. Well, that’s until he meets the owners of the company; the monkey, the pelican and the giraffe.
A 5-year-old genius named Matilda has the worst parents ever! Worse still the headmistress at her school is mean too. Well, that’s until she learns she can move things with her eyes. The 1996 film adaptation of the same name featuring Danny DeVito and Mara Wilson is based on the book.
Going Solo (1986)
Going Solo is a story of a young man as he leaves England and travels to Africa and the adventures he encounters. It’s however not a biography by any account.
The Witches (1983)
Witches think that kids smell like dog poop, and they hate them! The witches are plotting to turn all children in England into mice; can the young boy from Norway stop them?
Two Fables (1985)
It was written in a limited run, and it features only two stories about wise rulers, beautiful princesses and ugly men. The adult book was published in honor of Roald’s 70th birthday.
Rhyme Stew (1989)
This collection of poems is clearly marked “Unsuitable for little people” and it contains impressive titles we’ve all heard before such as “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.”
The BFG (1982)
Sally becomes friends with the dream hunting BFG (Big Friendly Giant) who lives together with other ferocious man-eating giants in the giant land but unlike them, he doesn’t eat “human beans”.
My Uncle Oswald (1979)
Uncle Oswald is everything every red blooded man would want to be; deviously attractive and very promiscuous but very wealthy!
George’s Marvellous Medicine (1981)
George is tired of his grandmother’s grumpiness, and he wants to teach her a lesson using a homemade concoction. Grandma is in for a surprise of her life!
Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)
Danny thinks very highly of his dad, but little does he know that his father is not perfect and may be hiding a secret.
The Twits (1980)
Mr. and Mrs. Twit don’t like each other very much, and they spend most of their days playing dirty tricks on each other until they take it too far!
The Enormous Crocodile (1978)
The Enormous Crocodile is not as smart as he might think he is and in fact, he needs to watch out. The favorite snack for crocodiles during lunchtime is known to be children, but things are about to change.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (1968)
Mr. For and his cunning friends always seem to outwit three nasty farmers; Bean, Boggis, and Bunce, who hate Mr. Fox. How far are the farmers willing to go hunting them down? This book has been made into an animation movie by the same title.
Switch Bitch (1974)
Uncle Oswald is a scandalous hedonist, and two of the four short stories told in this book are based on him. The stories explore the dark side of pleasure and desire. The titles include; Bitch, The Last Act, The Great Switcheroo, and The Visitor.
James and the Giant Peach (1961)
James doesn’t have any friends, and he lives with his two wicked aunts. One day he runs into a grasshopper and other insects living in a giant peach.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972)
Soon after visiting the chocolate factory, Willy Wonka asks the Bucket family to move into the chocolate factory with him. This continuation takes us out into a space adventure through a glass elevator.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
The world goes mad for the five golden tickets hidden in chocolate bars for five lucky winners who will get a chance to go inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory after years of shut doors. Charlie Bucket is one of the winners. Roald helped re-write this book into the film adaptation titled “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”.
The Magic Finger (1966)
The protagonist is an unnamed young girl who doesn’t like it when people are cruel to animals. When the Greggs from next door goes hunting, the girls magic finger is there to teach them a very harsh lesson!
Someone Like You (1953)
This is another series of short stories from the master. It includes adult stories such as “The Wish”, “Claud’s Dog” and “My Lady Love, My Dove” among 15 others that were adapted into the TV series “Tales of the Unexpected”.
Some Time Never (1948)
Since the Gremlins were forced underground by men, they devise an evil plan to let men kill each other then surface for a smooth takeover. Unlike the earlier book “The Gremlins” that was marketed as a children’s book, Some Time Never was sold as an adult book.
Kiss Kiss (1960)
It is a series of grim short stories specifically for adults. Some of the stories included here are “Pig”, “The Landlady” and “Royal Jelly” among eight others that also were adopted in the British TV series “Tales of the Unexpected”.
Over To You (1946)
This is a book with sweet short stories all set around Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot during the Second World War. They include “Death of an Old, Old Man” and “Katina” among eight others.
The Gremlins (1943)
The story begins in 1942 and is about Gus, a World War 2 pilot. While flying his Hurricane on a patrol one day, Gus sees a 6-inch man drilling on his wing thus making the discovery about what causes mechanical problems on airplanes.