I’m currently working my way through the Roald Dahl Collection and for every three books I read, I’m going to let you know what I thought of them! I’ve now read Matilda, Esio Trot, The Twits – which you can read about it here – The BFG, The Witches and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The BFG is my second favourite Roald Dahl novel after Matilda. I watched the animated film as a child and now I realise it’s a flawless adaptation. I adored fearless Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant, and their friendship, although that moment when The BFG first sees Sophie still gives me the chills! The BFG is a classic Roald Dahl story, full of dark humour – the other giants really are brutal, especially as they love to eat poor innocent children. It’s magical, whimsical and the broken English was the perfect touch. It doesn’t matter how ‘silly’ the worlds are, Roald Dahl still pulls you into his fantasy creation and makes it believable. I just wish I had the adaptation on DVD so I could watch it again!
Don’t gobblefunk around with words.
The Witches was chosen as part of this year’s Halloween Reads and it was a perfect children’s book for October! It was everything I hoped it would be from the very first page. Again, it made me think how spot on the adaptations are – they capture the tone of each book perfectly. The Witches is morbidly funny, terrifying and brilliantly inventive, and it’ll make any child wonder whether witches really exist; they’ll certainly know how to spot them after reading this book. If only Roald Dahl had written much longer stories. Can you imagine how fantastic these books would be if they were full-length novels? The Witches is perfectly creepy, but as with most Roald Dahl stories (I haven’t read them all yet!), with an edge of dark humour. You don’t see many characters like the boy’s grandmother in children’s literature now! She may be unconventional, but she adores her grandson and will do anything to help him save himself from the Witches’ horrendous plans.
I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But – here comes the big “but”– not impossible.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
I wasn’t sure know why, but Fantastic Mr. Fox felt the most festive to me, so I thought it’d be appropriate as my sixth Roald Dahl read. Now that I’ve read it, it’s a little festive (gathering together with friends for a celebratory meal), but it’s most likely because the film adaptation seems to always be on around Christmas – and now I cannot wait to watch it. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a charming, quick little read; a much less gruesome Watership Down. When three nasty men (Bean, Boggis and Bunce) put the home and lives of Mr. Fox, Mrs Fox and their four Small Foxes at risk, he comes up with an ingenious, masterful plan. It’s full of smart characters – I loved the adorable four Small Foxes and their courageous determination – and it’s also the first Roald Dahl book I’ve read, I’d say, with an obvious underlying moral message.
Mr. Fox looked at the four Small Foxes and he smiled. What fine children I have, he thought. They are starving to death and they haven’t had a drink for three days, but they are still undefeated. I must not let them down.
Have you read any of these Roald Dahl books recently? Let me know what you thought!
Next up… Danny the Champion of the World or George’s Marvellous Medicine?