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Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling named Roald Dahl's “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as one of her top ten books every child should read in a 2006 list for the Royal Society of Literature.
Who is Roald Dahl you ask? He's only the person who filled the English language with great words such as whizzpopping, splendiferous, and scrumdiddlyumptious!
One of the world's best-selling fiction authors, Dahl is known the world-over with more than 100 million copies of his books published in nearly 50 languages. Here are few titles to get you started.
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Matilda Wormwood discovers she has telekinetic powers.
Adapted into a movie directed by Danny Devito, starring Mara Wilson as Matilda.
A musical adaptation is currently running in West End, London (2012 Olivier Award for Best New Musical) and Broadway, New York.
7. The Witches
An orphan boy and his grandmother concoct a plan to destroy all of the world’s witches.
Adapted into a movie starring Angelica Houston as the Grand High Witch; featuring the puppetry of Muppets creator Jim Henson.
James Henry Trotter grows a giant peach and has adventures with magical insects.
Adapted into a stop-motion animated movie directed by Tim Burton.
5. The BFG
Sophie helps the Big Friendly Giant, with some assistance from the Queen of England, capture all other nasty giants.
Adapted into an animated film.
Mr Fox outwits his farmer neighbors.
Adapted into a stop-motion animated film directed by Wes Anderson, starring the voices of George Clooney as Mr. Fox and Meryl Streep as Mrs. Fox.
Danny, and his father, William, find a way to get back at a neighbor who bullies them.
Adapted into a movie starring Jeremy Irons as William.
Re-interpretations of five well-known fairy tales with new surprise twist endings.
An audio-book version is read by Alan Cumming (X-Men, Garfield, Smurfs).
Charlie Bucket gets a chance to visit the chocolate factory of chocolatier Willy Wonka.
Adapted into two movies. “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka (which popularized the song “Pure Imagination”) and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” directed by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.
A musical adaptation directed by Sam Mendes premiered in West End in 2013.
Have you read any of these books? What’s left on your list? What other Roald Dahl books have you read and enjoyed (or not liked)? Share your thoughts in the Comments Section below.