Books Critique

100 years of Roald Dahl

I am just one of the gazillion people that were transformed into avid book readers quite early and have Roald Dahl to thank for this. I pulled my first all-nighter for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator . I remember reading about Roald Dahl himself and thinking all I want to do in life is hibernate with a box of something I like to eat preferably other than chocolate and not resurface till I have a good enough story of my own. There are so many things about him that will make you believe in books and writing and probably even witches. In the honor of his 100th birthday I have made a list of reasons why you should read some of my favorite among his works.

  1. The Witches

Beware of women who wear gloves and don’t shower that often, okay?

  1. The Enormous Crocodile

The elephant that man-handles the crocodile and you know history has been made.

  1. The BFG


Who doesn’t wanna know what a ‘snozzcumber’ is and what on earth is whizpopping ? And how the Queen of England can imprison giants?

  1. Matilda

The story of the greatest bookworm that ever (fictionally) lived and a bit of telekinesis. You have got to read this.

  1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

A delicious reimagining of the Cadbury – Rowntree pissing contest. The most fascinating portrayal of what being fascinated with something is like. I’d be Charlie if Roald Dahl was a factory

  1. And to top that off, he gave the world a sequel. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is surprisingly one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Sadly, we almost had a third.
  2. James and the Giant Peach

If this book is not adventure, I can’t tell you what is. Cloud-Men, Bug-Mutants mainly the fabulous Grasshopper who’s in the orchestra and a trip across the world that involves a magical, gigantic peach.

  1. The Twits

Because Roald Dahl did not have a reason to hate beards, he gave the world a constructive one. A story about a multi-lingual bird that saves the day by setting up the twits, a cruel, hateful, bearded couple.

  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox

Protagonist loses a tail during robbery, families starve underground, alliances are made, lots of killing on both sides, ambush and guns. Something tells me this wasn’t always a children’s book.

  1. Danny, the Champion of the World

This one is easily among one of the Dahl’s most underrated. You might not like it as much because there aren’t as many outrageous characters and whack scenarios. It’s a pheasant stealing adventure of a boy and his father and it is their relationship that takes focus. Admiringly this book is by far the best of Dahl in terms of his writing skills.

  1. George’s Marvelous Medicine

So this kid sets his grandmother’s belly on fire with some potion that he made from floor polish, engine oil and what not. When the father hears of this he thinks, what a great business plan.

  1. Boy and Going Solo are his autobiographical ventures. It’s a journey through all of the places where his most amazing ideas were formed.


So comment below and let me know what your favorite Roald Dahl books are and why should I read them?


Momina Arif.


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