“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
It won’t be an exaggeration if I say that finding Roald Dahl was one of the best things that happened to me as a child. Well, I didn’t actually find him. I found a Dahl book under my desk in school. Some unfortunate soul had forgotten his/her library book under my desk. I am pretty sure he/she got hell for losing a library book from the school librarians, but that’s a story for some other day. Obviously, I picked up the book and because I didn’t have much time to go down to the library, I took it home with me. And I read it.
I fell down the rabbit hole back in seventh grade and I have been on many great adventures since then. My love for Roald Dahl made me read several of his books. Still, I haven’t read all of them, so this list consists of the ones that I have read and really loved. You can pick up any of these and you won’t be disappointed.
1. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
Starting with the one I found under the desk, an absolutely magical one. I was impressed by the way Mr. Dahl spins his stories. They brought me joy and peace and I found myself loving every story. The book has seven fantasy stories of adventure and magic and pickpocketing (no, really). Henry Sugar is the modern-day Robin Hood, stealing from people at the casinos and bringing joy to the poor. There’s a story about a pickpocket who calls himself the “fingersmith”. Then there’s another one with a boy and a turtle and many more.
Matilda is one of the most famous Roald Dahl books. It won’t come as a surprise that the protagonist, Matilda, is also a quite well known fictional character in the reader community. Matilda is a gifted young girl. She is a child prodigy, who loves to read. But she still doesn’t have a perfect life, being parented by two horrible people and then there’s Miss Trunchbull. Matilda takes a liking to Miss Honey and comes to her aid against Miss Trunchbull. Apparently, Miss Honey and Trunchbull have a history between them and Matilda is soon to find out.
3. James and the Giant Peach
One of the best and the most magical Dahl books, James and the Giant Peach is the story of a boy who finds a new family that consists of insects (yes, you read it right). James is an orphan, living with an awful family. One fine day, James discovers a peach as big as a house in his garden. It has grown on a peach tree due to some magic crystals that James accidentally dropped. James finds an opening in the peach, a secret entryway and he crawls through. He discovers that the fruit is inhabited by Old-Green-Grasshopper and his friends. The fruit snaps off the tree and starts rolling down the streets, taking James on the most bizarre adventure of his life.
4. Danny the Champion of the World
Danny lives with his widowed father in a caravan. His father operates a service station and has all the exciting stories to tell and Danny loves him a lot. Danny is the youngest car mechanic around and has a perfect life. But Danny’s father has a secret, he is a poacher! One day his father doesn’t get back to the caravan and Danny sets to find him in the dead of night.
5. The Witches
This is the latest Roald Dahl book I read and it felt like taking the sweetest trip down the memory lane. I didn’t realize I longed for a Dahl book until I read this one.
This is a story of an orphaned seven-year-old English boy who lives with his Norwegian grandmother. Grandmamma is a witch-expert who tells all kinds of stories to her grandson, his favorites being the ones about the witches. She tells him about the existence of real witches, bald-headed, square-toed and having claws instead of fingernails. These witches absolutely detest children. The boy and grandma are spending their vacation at a luxury hotel in Bournemouth when the boy wanders off to find a secret place to train his pet mice as they are not allowed in the hotel. Instead, he finds himself in a room full of English witches, the most notorious of their kind.
So, that’s it for today’s book recommendation. I know, I haven’t read everything from Mr. Dahl but I will surely in a very near future. If you enjoyed this recommendation make sure that you read my upcoming recommendations too. Happy reading!