Today is Roald Dahl Day – personally I think we should all have a day off work to celebrate, read books, and drink frobscottle
In case you don’t know Roald Dahl is a very famous children’s author who wrote 20 amazing children’s books in his lifetime. If you don’t know who he is, or haven’t ready any of his books, please go straight to your nearest bookshop and buy as many of his books as you can carry. (You could download them but real books are much better!)
I’ve always loved reading, sadly I don’t get much time to read these days, but do go through phases now and then of churning through a few books a month.
I’ve loved reading since I was little, and I would absolutely credit Roald Dahl with turning me into a bookworm. I can’t remember the first book of his that I read but I do remember making my Dad take me back to the local library every week to find the next one.
Roald Dahl books are funny, clever, and main character is usually an amazing child who outwits all of the adults. So many of Roald Dahl’s books have great morals and quotes that children can relate to and be inspired by.
These are my favourite quotes from Roald Dahl’s books. The first is from The Twits and the second is from Danny the Champion of the World.
It was a sad day when I finished all of Roald Dahl’s books – and even sadder when my Dad told me that there wouldn’t be any more because he had recently died 🙁
Books are a big thing in our house, we have our bedtime story every night with Little H and we’ve run out of room on her bookcases. We enjoy reading with her, and I’ve really been looking forward to getting to the stage where she starts reading some of my favourite childhood books.
Little H had seen the cartoon version of The BFG – for a few weeks it was on played on repeat – so a couple of weeks ago we took her to see the new BFG film at the cinema and she loved it (so much so that she went again with her cousins a few days later!)
As soon as we got back I went straight onto Amazon to buy some Roald Dahl books for her, even though at only 5 years old I know it will be a while before she can read them herself! They had some ‘Early Readers’ versions where the story has been re-written in simple sentences so that smaller children can read them, but to me these just aren’t the ‘proper’ books #booksnob.
I found some large paperback versions that are the same story but in bigger print and with lots of lovely colourful Quentin Blake illustrations. I was desperate to buy my personal favourites The Twits and Matilda, but thought we’d start with some easier ones.
I bought The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me, and George’s Marvellous Medicine.
Before this we had never read any books with Little H that couldn’t be completed in the same night – getting her to concentrate on those was hard enough! We read The Enormous Crocodile over 2 nights though and I was very impressed that she remembered what we had read the night before.
We’ve just started on The Giraffe, The Pelly & Me, three nights in and Little H is still managing to remember what’s been happening so fingers crossed.
If you want to buy these books you can get them on Amazon. And if you’d like to learn more about Roald Dahl’s I’d highly recommend his auto-biography Boy.
What are your favourite Roald Dahl books?
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