Roald Dahl is always going to be a huge part of our childhood. Even if you haven’t read his books, the movie adaptations of his books are our whole childhood. Cited as one of the greatest children’s books writers, Roald Dahl’s legacy is not one that can be put into words. His books, especially children’s works, were mostly told from the point of view of a child involving lot of villains and unusual characters. 13th September is celebrated as Roald Dahl Day as the writer was born on this day. Celebrating a writer that pushed boundaries of imagination and gave us stories larger than life, here’s some of his books to read –
1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
If Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory really existed in the world, we would have all given anything to be there. For those of you who haven’t read the book or seen the movie, it’s about a boy who gets a chance to visit a mysterious factory where everything is made with chocolates, run by Willy Wonka. the adventures Charlie witnesses at the chocolate factory and how his life changes after the visit, is depicted in the book.
2. The BFG
As children, giants, fairies, magic and fantasies enthralled us all. They still do. The BFG, short for Big Friendly Giant befriends Sophie and takes her into the giant world. He has super human abilities and has a task of distributing good dreams to children. The story follows the adventures of the creative Sophie and her gentle but giant friend. It’s a beautiful story of two unusual friends that find happiness in the world.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda is an important book in literature. Following the story of Matilda Wormwood, a brilliant child stuck between careless parents who finds the perfect guardian in her teacher, Miss Honey. Matilda’s special powers are witnessed by Miss Honey, who grows affectionate towards the girl who is often neglected by her own parents. How they fight Miss Trunchbull, the evil principal, and everyone else is what the book is about.
4. The Witches
Do witches still scare the life out of you? They wouldn’t if you had read The Witches by Roald Dahl. The story is told by the unnamed narrator, who lives with his grandmother who tells him all sorts of stories about witches and weird beings of the world. Using imagery and a brilliant writing style, Roald Dahl brings out the best imagination in the minds of his readers with mere words, which is a sign of a great writer.
5. James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl’s books always have strong characters. They maybe just kids, but their perspectives are always head strong. James, the protagonist of this novel is James, forced to live with two aunts who don’t take care of him. Accidentally giving rise to a giant peach in the neighbourhood, James’s life takes a huge turn which marks the beginning of many adventures that he would unfurl throughout the novel.
Happy Roald Dahl Day!