Books And Authors Who Coloured My Childhood – Part 3 – Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

The BFG!

George’s Marvellous Medicine!

The Twits!

The Witches!

Oh I could go on!

I loved Roald Dahl! I am sure pretty much all of us would have been in some contact with Dahl’s work, whether it be by reading, or watching certain rather popular films! And the wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake.

I was actually a late started in getting into the actual books. I loved to watch Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, with the Oompa Loompas and all the funny characters, but I never realised it was a book first! Then at school we read George’s Marvellous Medicine and my literary world was expanded, yet again to a wealth of literature!

I didn’t get to read all his books then, but again, book slave that I am, I bought the set for my kids, and added where I found extras!

Roald Dahl Books

Roald Dahl Books

But a couple of books we all read as youngsters, and which I find rather gruesome and funny to date were the Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts Poetic Short Story books!

Poetry Perfection!

Poetry Perfection!

Again, when I saw them on offer, I had to get them for my children, how can you grow up and not have a dash of Roald Dahl in your life?!

Talking of a ‘dash’, did you know there is even a recipe book to go with these books?

Cooking with Dahl!

Cooking with Dahl! (and I don’t mean lentils!)

And where there’s Dahl, there has to be Blake, who can forget his great Mr Magnolia book, and Mrs Armitage stories!

Quentin Blake's efforts!

Quentin Blake’s efforts!

There are a few now that have been made into movies, and obviously we saw the remake of Willy Wonka recently, which I can proudly say my brother is actually in! He was part of the production team so his name is in the credits and he was asked to step in as an extra too!  He got to meet Johnny Depp – swoon! but didnt’ get me his autograph! Bah! More recently, a lesser known book, Esio Trot, was made into a tele-film with Dame Judy Dench, and Dustin Hoffman!

I am now familiar with most of his texts as I have read them with my kids, and I loved every minute of reading to them! Now, as they are getting older, they pick books like these themselves to read silently, and I am so happy to see that!

Which Roald Dahl book was your favourite?
Read part 1 here.
Read part 2 here
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  2. tralee68
    Jun 06, 2015 @ 22:37:10

    Roald Dahl is very popular in our school library – he hasn’t been out of the top ten for the last 5 years. It is great to see the children enjoying stories that I read as a child but still love to read again now and still get as much pleasure from them.

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  6. walkerkaty0
    Apr 24, 2015 @ 17:42:50

    I LOVED Ronald Dahl books. I have heard of the other ones you mentioned, but I don’t remember if I read those or not.

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  7. Muddy mum
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 21:53:04

    I’m thrilled that my daughter has developed a soft spot for Roald too. I was a big fan as a child, although not so keen when I had to be an Oompa Loompa in the school play! 😂

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  8. Wonder Woman
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 18:36:33

    Ah you beat me to my Roald Dahl post. Great minds think alike

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  9. Elm
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 17:03:14

    Roald Dahl! AHHH!

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  10. miusho
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 14:17:31

    Read some of the books but they never stuck.. I think I may have found them too simple for my taste? Oh well. 😛

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  11. shopgirlanonymous
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 14:16:52

    I wasn’t a big reader as a child, but I did read what was assigned at school and really loved Dahl (Imaginative and Imagery genius!). Since then I was a literature major in college and now regret not reading all the classics as a child. I feel lost sometimes in conversation of friends discussing Austen, Dickens, or even Boxcar Children. I’m excited that with the kids I have a fresh slate. I can read to them at bed times all the classics I missed out on. I can be proactive in summer readings with the kids, and keep up with their reading at school level so I know what they are learning and can better help them. Of course we always have these fine laid out plans…we shall see how life really plays ball. 😉

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  12. edwinasepisodes
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 14:13:06

    My daughter loves Roald Dahl as well as has a collection of the,. I have only read a few. I did enjoy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, both the books and the films! Wow fancy your brother meeting Johnny Depp. How wonderful is that?!

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  13. Pankaj Goyal
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 13:57:50

    One of the authors who coloured my childhood was Enid Blyton. I used to love reading his five finder series.

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  14. The Story Reading Ape
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 13:54:44

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:

    What were YOUR favourite books as a child? 😀

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  15. Pottsy
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:46:41

    George’s Marvellous Medicine was my absolute favourite, his grandma is so mean and I loved all the experiments as he tries to recreate his medicine. The BFG was another favourite, but I think partly because the film that went with it was great.

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  16. Chris White
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:17:23

    Hi Ritu. Roald Dahl is my literary hero. The reason I started http://www.awritersden.wordpress.com
    Have you read any of his Tales of the Unexpected ? If not, you must.
    All the best.
    Kris

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  17. susieshy45
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:15:32

    Honestly Ritu,
    I started reading Roald Dahl, just a couple of years back when my younger daughter introduced me to them. I managed to get most of his books but towards the end the books were gruesome. Of course, he was a great writer and some of his books are classic, I cannot think of him as my favourite author. Perhaps the book I liked the best is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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