Saturday, October 18, 2008

The World's Most Scrumdiddlyumptious Storyteller

Have you read them all?

Roald Dahl wrote 21 books for children.

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Roald Dahl reading list:

Gremlins (1943) -- written for Walt Disney & optioned for a film that was never made

James and the Giant Peach (1961) a frequent target of censors, it is #56 on the American Library Association's (ALA) list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) This story of the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric candymaker Willie Wonka is often considered one of the most beloved children's stories of the 20th century.

The Magic Finger (1966) Different editions were illustrated by William Pen3e du Bois, Tony Ross, and Quentin Blake.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970) -- film coming in 2009!

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1973) -- Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka as they travel through space in the Great Glass Elevator.

Danny, Champion of the World (1975) -- Based on Dahl's adult short story "Champion of the World" which appears in "Claud's Dog".

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More -- short stories for older readers

The Enormous Crocodile (1978) -- a short story rather than a novel, illustrated by Quentin Blake, published as a picture book.

The Twits (1980) -- Read it to find out the tricks of Mr. and Mrs. Twit, including The Frog, The Spaghetti Worms, The Balloons, and the Sticky Tree!

George's Marvelous Medicine (1981) -- Get the recipe!

The BFG (1982) -- stands for "Big Friendly Giant"

Dirty Beasts (1983) -- poetry

The Witches (1983) -- adapted into a movie and stage play, it appears as #27 on the ALA's list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000.

Boy -- autobiography

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985) -- write your own review for this book.

Going Solo -- sequel to autobiography "Boy"

Matilda (1988) - made into a movie in 1996!

Rhyme Stew (1989) -- poetry

Esio Trot (1989) -- but what does it say backwards?

The Minpins (1991) -- Published in 1991, several months after Dahl's passing.

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991) -- The principal character is a dyslexic vicar, and the book was written to benefit the Dyslexia Institute in London (now Dyslexia Action)

Revolting Rhymes (1992) -- poetry