Roald Dahl: A Storyteller – Part 2


Roald Dahl, master storyteller, wrote many books for adults and children. Here’s a complete list of ALL of his publications.

With his publication of James and the Giant Peach, though, is when he gained notoriety for his children’s writing! Check the Goodreads summaries and reviews for his most popular children’s books that have been circulated, shared, and loved for over 60 years.

1961: James & The Giant Peach published to commercial and critical success as his first children’s book.

Goodreads Summary

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He’s very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. . . At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH, and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There’s only one way to find out . . .

1964: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Goodreads Summary

Charlie Bucket’s wonderful adventure begins when he finds one of Mr. Willy Wonka’s precious Golden Tickets and wins a whole day inside the mysterious chocolate factory. Little does he know the surprises that are in store for him!

1970: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Goodreads Summary

Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox–Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now.

1983: The Witches

Goodreads Summary:

This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them.

1988: Matilda

Goodreads Summary:

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world…

For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will, and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

Which one is your favorite?

For me, I grew up with Matilda. I felt a kinship towards her as a voracious reader, and it was – and still is – my favorite book of all time!

Dahl, the storyteller, reads to a group of enthralled children.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

For teachers: Great link to the Dahl website with activities and ideas for books

Stay tuned: Part 3 – Roald Dahl as Storyteller and Author

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