Wednesday 13 September 2017

We love Roald Dahl here....Do you? #RoaldDahlDay

Roald Dahl has always been in my life....As a child, watching the films before kids and then my girls enjoying his books too....

Even before I could read Roald Dahl's books to myself I remember having the audio book on cassette tape of Charlie and the Chocolate factory.....I remember sitting on the kitchen table listening to it over and over again....I knew it word for word.

When I learned to read I adored his books....I think I had all of them and would read them over and over....It is hard to pick my favourite but it would have to be between Matilda, George's Marvellous Medicine, The Witches and Boy. 

When I was at school for a whole term we did a project about The Witches.....The term ended with us watching the film which was brilliant....I'll never forget the gasps when the Grand high witch removes her mask for the first time...I can remember being terrified...It was scary stuff when you're only about 11 years old....

When you think about it a lot of Roald Dahl's books are terrifying....The Witches for the obvious reasons, a child feeding his grandmother antifreeze in George's Marvelous Medicine, parents being killed by a rhinoceros in James and the Giant Peach, a teacher torturing children in Matilda and also parents who neglect their children, and giants eating people in the BFG.....

I have gone on to love all the Roald Dahl films too....Well apart from the Johnny Depp Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake....That was just wrong. Gene Wilder will always be my Willy Wonka. I think my favourite book that was made into a film is Fantastic Mr Fox...

Roald Dahl has given me so many memories.....Now the wonderful writer is making memories for my girls too. They love his books. Over the years my girls have read a lot of his them at home and and school....Now Ellie has discovered the audio books on YouTube and she is working her way through them....She loves to read but also thinks if she listens to it she can do something else with her time as

What is your favourite Roald Dahl book?


  1. I love Esoitrot, it may be because I'm older though. But what a romantic, if daft, story. When I was a kid it was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of course. I live by a chocolate factory and every time we visit it reminds me of Charlie and Willy Wonka.

  2. I'm not the biggest fan of Roald Dahl. I'm just reading Matilda to Eddie before bedtime, and find it incredibly cruel and so unpleasant I don't want to continue. We recently finished George's Marvellous Medicine, and that was awfully cruel too, obliterating nana and saying Well, she was a nuisance. Eeek. Are there any Dahl's books with nice characters? :)