our Roald Dahl collection

Would it feel the same reading these books on a Kindle?  Letting your child reach over and touch a button rather than turning the pages.  Would the illustrations, the classic pictures from Quentin Blake, look the same?

So we buy these books, put them in a collection on the shelf so that we can read to our kids.  You can start at early age with a book like The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me.  If you have a boy you can delight him with Danny, the Champion of the World.  If it’s a girl, she’ll love to hear about Matilda.

We’re lucky in that we also have that wonderful mobile in the picture, a treasure that was found in a large buy that Powells did from Penguin back in 2002.

So what do we have here with Roald Dahl?  We have a former R.A.F. pilot who became a writer of macabre short stories (my copy of his complete short stories is not in the picture).  His stories are like if O. Henry decided that all his wonderful twists were in fact, horrifying, the best being “Lamb to the Slaughter.”  But he also wrote wonderful kids books, that wonderful collection sitting on the top shelf there.  He was also a screenwriter, surprisingly writing the screenplay for You Only Live Twice (the worst James Bond film) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Roald Dahl’s books for children:

the spins of the Dahl books

  • 1961  –  James and the Giant Peach
    • one of the most enjoyable kids books of all-time, with a very good 1996 film (and 1982 play we also own)
  • 1964  –  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    • another very good book with two flawed films – 1971 and 2005
  • 1966  –  The Magic Finger
    • the first really small book, a nice story
  • 1970  –  The Fantastic Mr. Fox
    • the great story about the charming rogue turned into a good 2009 film
  • 1972  –  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  • 1975  –  Danny, the Champion of the World
    • probably the best kids book that Dahl wrote
  • 1977  –  The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
    • a collection of seven of his short stories for children
  • 1978  –  The Enormous Crocodile
    • a smaller book – our version has wonderful color illustrations from Blake
  • 1980  –  The Twits
    • a funny story about a horribly film that relies on the Blake illustrations
  • 1981  –  George’s Marvelous Medicine
    • probably the funniest of his children’s books
  • 1982  –  The BFG
  • 1983  –  The Witches
    • the closest to one of his adult stories, made into a film in 1990
  • 1984  –  Boy
    • his autobiography of his early years
  • 1985  –  The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
  • 1988  –  Matilda
    • his wonderful book about a very smart young girl; made into a 1996 film
  • 1990  –  Esio Trot
    • a charming little book about a tortoise with wonderful Blake illustrations
  • 1991  –  The Vicar of Nibbleswicke
    • a tiny little book published after Dahl’s death
  • 1991  –  The Minpins