Our readers’ top 10 favourite Roald Dahl Books
- Credit: Matthew Usher
You voted and the results are in! Here's a look at the top ten best Roald Dahl books, as chosen by our readers.
• Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
`Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was published in 1964, sees charlie Bucket win one of five Golden Tickets to visit Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory. With his Grandpa Joe at his side, Charlie joins his fellow winners to meet the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas and explore their amazing world of chocolate.
• The Twits
The Twits, which was published in 1980, tells the tale of Mr and Mrs Twit and the horrible tricks they like to play on each other, ranging from Mrs Twit feeding her husband worm spaghetti to Mr Twit convincing his wife she is shrinking and needs to be stretched by being tied to helium-filled balloons.
• Danny, the Champion of the World
Danny, the Champion of the World, which was published in 1975, was partially inspired by the Buckinghamshire countryside where Roald Dahl lived. Danny lives with his dad in a caravan at the edge of the wood. He thinks his dad is the best father in the world. But Danny doesn't know everything and even his brilliant dad has secrets...
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• The BFG
The BFG, which was published in 1982, tells the story of the Big Friendly Giant who is unlike any other giant in Giant Country. For while most giants like to eat 'human beans,' the BFG spends his time catching dreams for children to enjoy. He becomes little orphan Sophie's very best friend and together they hatch a plan to defeat the fearsome giants.
Matilda, which was published in 1988, is about a five-year-old genius who unfortunately has parents that are too stupid to even notice and a horrible headmistress called Miss Trunchbull who makes life difficult for Matilda's teacher, Miss Honey, and her friends. But what Miss Trunchbull doesn't know is that Matilda has a trick or two up her sleeve...
• George's Marvellous Medicine
George's Marvellous Medicine, which was published in 1981, is about a little boy called George Kranky who thinks his grandma needs teaching a lesson for her grumpiness. He decides the best remedy is a special home-made medicine – but his grandma gets more than she bargained for!
• James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach, which was published in 1961, was Roald Dahl's first classic novel for children. James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Spiker and Sponge. He hasn't got a single friend in the whole wide world, but then he meets the Old Green Grasshopper and the rest of the insects aboard a giant, magical peach!
• Esio Trot
Esio Trot, which was published in 1990, was one of Roald Dahl's last stories. It tells the story of the very shy Mr Hoppy and his love for his neighbour, Mrs Silver. It is also about a small tortoise called Alfie who brings them together, and how saying things backwards can make magic happen.
• The Witches
The Witches, which was published in 1983, is about a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother who together battle against England's child-hating witches. To a witch, a child smells like dogs' droppings. Now the Grand High Witch is planning to get rid of every child in England and it is a race to stop her evil plan.
• Fantastic Mr Fox
Fantastic Mr Fox, which was published in 1970, is about three horrid farmers – called Boggis, Bunce and Bean – who really hate cunning Mr Fox who outwits them at every turn. However, poor Mr Fox and his friends do not quite realise just how determined the three farmers are to get them.
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