Category Archives: Author: Roald Dahl

The BFG

The BFG

Ronald Dahl

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Page Count: 221

Age Range: 9 and up

Year: 1982

Genre: Fantasy

This is a very silly and imaginative novel about an orphan named Sophie who gets kidnapped by a giant in the middle of the night. The giant’s name is BFG, short for “Big Friendly Giant.” He is the only giant in Giant Country who doesn’t eat humans. Every night when the human-eating giants visit human countries to eat people for supper, the BFG takes a suitcase full of glass jars and a net, and he collects things that only he knows how to catch. Using the contents of the glass jars, Sophie and the BFG devise a plan to make sure that the other giants will never be able to gobble up humans again.

Roald Dahl is the author of several other whimsical and funny novels, like James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Witches. This book is similar because it makes you laugh and it shows how kids can improve the problems they see in the world. The novel is organized into short chapters, which makes it easy to read quickly. I would recommend this book to anybody with a sense of humor who likes to daydream or come up with wild ideas.

Miss Rachel

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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Roald Dahl

Do you trust Willy Wonka?

Do you trust Willy Wonka?

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Page Count: 159
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 1972
Genre: Fantasy

Series: Sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

After Charlie is awarded Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory (the end of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), he and Grandpa Joe are taken by Wonka to Charlie’s house in a flying glass elevator to tell the rest of his family the good news. After a mishap on the return trip to the factory however, the elevator is shot into space and docks at a U.S. space station where the Wonka and the Buckets encounter a species of aliens known as Vermicious Knids which try to feed on humans. After flying the human astronauts back safely from the station to Earth, Wonka and the Buckets return to the Chocolate Factory and give some of Wonka’s special pills to the grandparents to make them younger (and thus able to help work at the factory). But another mishap sends Grandma Josephine into a world called Minus-land after overdosing on the age-subtracting pills. The Buckets fix Grandma Josephine’s problem and come to find out that they must fly the elevator to the White House for a surprise meeting with the President of the United States.

Middle schoolers with big imaginations would love this book, especially fans of Roald Dahl’s other books. There are plenty of colorful characters, fantastical adventures, and Dahl’s wonderfully inventive vocabulary which will keep an excited reader on the edge of their seat.

-Mr. Dave

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Matilda

Matilda
Roald Dahl

"A book?! What d'ya wanna flaming book for?"

“A book?! What d’ya wanna flaming book for?”

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Page Count: 248
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1988
Genre: Fantasy

Matilda is a young girl who loves to read and has magic powers.  She uses her magic in order to play pranks on her rude parents and the evil Miss Trunchbull. In the story, Matilda develops a very close bond with her teacher, Miss Honey. Miss Honey and Matilda have a lot in common as they both have family members who did not treat them well. When Matilda learns that Miss Trunchbull is actually Miss Honey’s abusive aunt, Matilda uses her magic to scare Miss Trunchbull into giving Miss Honey her rightful inheritance from her parents.

I think that any young girl would love to read this book. Matilda is a good influence as she uses her powers for good. Matilda has a difficult time at home but finds ways to cope and is able to develop a special relationship with her teacher.

-Miss Jenny

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James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl

You could make SO MANY smoothies.

You could make SO MANY smoothies.

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Page Count: 160
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1961
Genre: Fantasy

James is a young boy who lives with his crazy, abusive aunts. He wants more than anything to escape them. One day a wizard gives him some magic crystals, one of which hits the ground and turns a peach into the size of a house. When James goes inside, he meets a Spider, a Centipede, a Ladybug, a Grasshopper, an Earthworm and a Glowworm. At first he is afraid, but eventually the bugs become his family and when the peach starts rolling, James and his family begin an amazing adventure across the Atlantic Ocean!

Dahl has written this book for kids who love a good fantasy adventure. In the book James gets justice from his aunts, creates new friendships, and faces his fears which can be inspiring to any student.

-Miss Jenny

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Danny the Champion of the World

Danny the Champion of the World
Roald Dahl

Pre-teach the difference between manual and automatic transmission.

Pre-teach the difference between manual and automatic transmission.

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Page Count: 224
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1975
Genre: Realistic

Danny and his father have a very happy life in their old Gypsy caravan. They own a gas station where Danny’s father teachers him how to fix cars and entertains him with his stories.  But one time when Danny wakes up in the middle of the night, his father is not there.  Once his dad lets him in on his secret, they begin planning their greatest adventure yet.

Although this story doesn’t have the typical fantasy and humor of many of Roald Dahl’s other stories, it is an excellent and heartfelt story that shows a strong relationship between a father and son.

-Atalie

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The Witches

The Witches
Roald Dahl

Double, double, toil and trouble...

Double, double, toil and trouble…

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Page Count: 208
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1983
Genre: Fantasy

Witches hate children.  Their main goal is to eliminate every one of them.  Thankfully for the young boy in this story, his grandma knows how to spot a witch.  Witches wear a clever disguise to hide their clawed fingers, toe-less feet, and bald heads.  Will this knowledge be enough for the boy to avoid a horrible fate at the hands of a witch?

This book is great for students who love humorous, fantasy stories with a suspenseful plot.

-Atalie

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The Twits

The Twits
Roald Dahl

The Twits do the twist.

The Twits do the twist.

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Page Count: 96
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1980
Genre: Fantasy

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are two horrible, disgusting, and spiteful people who enjoyed playing cruel tricks on one another.  They also keep a family of monkeys in their backyard, who are abused by the Twits and are witnesses to their awful behavior.  One day, the monkeys have had enough and attempt to give the Twits what they deserve.

This is a humorous and clever story that I think many students would enjoy.  It also features many illustrations to enhance the story and help with comprehension.

-Atalie

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