Hi everyone! Carlos here, and due to the theme of this year’s summer reading challenge being Roald Dahl books, I figured I could write a blog themed around the man himself. Here are 5 Roald Dahl-related books for you to read. It’s not a top 5, and the numbering is essentially arbitrary. Some of these books he wrote himself, others are by other people but still have a direct or indirect connection to him. Let’s get to it!
5. Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
Available to hire from Brighton and Hove libraries, this book contains words Roald Dahl used in his stories, both everyday words and his own invented words. Containing illustrations by Quentin Blake, and examples from his other books. Examples include: “Propsposterous-adjective- ridiculous or extremely silly. They maybe is looking a bit Propsposterous to you…-The BFG”
Dahl greatly enjoyed the works of Charles Dickens. I have chosen Oliver Twist due to the child protagonist, which is trait shared in the works of Dahl, and the common theme of food, which also often appears in works of Dahl. A graphic novel adaptation is available from Brighton and Hove libraries.
3. Captain Underpants
Roald Dahl Books and the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey actually have a lot in common. From untrustworthy adults, to heroic adult foils, to toilet humour, the shared DNA between the books and the appeal to children is very clear. Most of the Captain underpants series is available from Brighton and Hove libraries.
Way back in 2009, Philip Ardagh won the “Roald Dahl Funny Prize” for the first of his Grubtown Tales books, and in 2010 he was a Judge for the Roald Dahl Funny prize. This is the second book in the series. Other installments are also available from the library.
1. The BFG
Figured it would be nice to finish with a classic, what with the name of this year’s reading challenge being “The Big Friendly Read” and the new movie out this year. The original book, audiobook adaptations, stage adaptations and the animated film are all available from Brighton and Hove libraries. Quote from “1001 Children’s books you must read before you grow up”: “The BFG manages to be as marvelously silly as we expect from Dahl, while at the same time sustaining an exciting and tense plot. The BFG is a charming hero, and the addition of the down-to-earth and sympathetic Queen to the cast is inspired”
There are many other Roald Dahl and Dahlesque books available from Brighton and Hove libraries. I hope you enjoy them!