Born on 13th September,1916, Roald Dahl, the British Novelist was known for the unexpected endings of his short stories. Not just a novelist, he wrote several short stories and also penned books for children. He was a poet, a screenwriter and a fighter pilot too. Dahl is among world’s best selling authors. Having won several awards, he was among the list of “The 50 Greatest British Writers since 1945.”
Roald’s creations have always had some kind of warm sentiments to it. When he left the world in 1990, the world of literature lost one of its valuable pearl. George’s Marvelous Medicine, Tales of the Unexpected are some of the many creations by him. Here are some of Roald Dahl books to read whether you are an adult or a child, are fond of literature, have a soft corner for short stories and expect the unexpected.
#1 Matilda (1988)
Matilda is Roald Dahl’s one of the most famous works. The hero of the book, Matilda, a 5 year old who has a fond love for reading but has a horrible family and a terrible headmistress. However, she soon realizes her special power, the ability to move things with her eyes. A tale of the good versus the bad, something which is so relevant even today. This can easily be labelled as a feminist book, but you must read Matilda even if you are not one. Though this story is for the kids, even adults can enjoy the creativity and imaginations of Roald Dahl. This is a must read and i promise it will stay with you for years.
#2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
This one of those stories where you will enjoy the book version more than the movie. Yet another famous creation by Roald Dahl. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a tale of a young boy who gets to visit Willy Wonks’s mysterious chocolate factory with his grandfather, a place he never thought he could ever go. This hilarious, adventurous ride teaches a great lesson, that the kind hearted ones always get rewarded. To be greedy is of no good use, and may lead you to troubles. Gift this book to your kids for a great lesson and yes some chocolates too.
#3 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972)
This book by Roald Dahl is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Charlie and Willy are set for another hilarious and adventurous journey, only this time to the space. Not chocolates, but Roald dahl’s imaginations will take you to luxury space hotels and aliens hungry for humans. Who could have thought of space hotels?? This will for sure grab all your attention. Perfect sunday treat, go grab it soo
#4 James and the Giant Peach (1961)
#5 The BFG (1982)
#6 Esio Trot (1990)
Esio Trot is another Roald Dahl Short story one must read. No one can forget the turtle that won the race against the rabbit, I bet you wouldn’t forget this turtle too. A little secret, spell “Esio Trot” backwards and you get “Tortoise”. Isn’t this super cool?
Anyway, Esio Trot is a tale of Love. Mr. Hoppy’s is in love with Mrs Silver while Mrs silver only has eyes for her pet, Alfie. This leads to Mr Hoppy making several plans to win Mrs Silver’s love, which only back fires. Wait! go read this romantic comedy before i spill the entire story here. It is worth a read for sure.
#7 The Witches (1983)
This is one of the most funniest books written by Roald Dahl. Another story that revolves around the life of an orphaned child. The Witches is about an orphaned boy who is sent to Norway to live with his grandmother, who warns him to be wary of witches. However, on their travel to England together, they come across a witch convention and encounter a very interesting magical adventure, one that should not be missed. A story of witches who turn children into mice. Traumatizing, yet funny. A light hearted story for all, this will make you forget all your stress.
#8 Fantastic Mr Fox (1970)
Fantastic Mr fox is the story of a father who tries his best to protect his family from three evil but not so bright farmers(Boggis, Bunce and Bean). From talking animals to adventurous food hunting rides, this Roald Dalh short story is not to be missed. Fantastic Mr Fox was even adapted into a movie by Wes Anderson. Join Mr Witty Fox on his adventures as he heads out in search of food for his family defying all odds and the evil farmers. This is a must read for all ages.
#9 The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)
Roald Dahl short stories are all about imagination, suspense, creativity, and unexpectations. Yet another interesting story by Roald Dahl that revolves around a Giraffe with an extending neck, a pelican with a bucket-sized beak, a dancing monkey, and a boy with big ideas. All of them together form an alliance to create the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company. The story takes turn when they land their biggest job. All 677 of the Duke of Hampshire’s windows are now under their responsibility. Read this story to find out what and how things take place.
#10 The Twits (1980)
These were some of the amazing Roald Dahl books to read. Pick up Roald Dahl to put your laughter hormones to work. Bye-bye!