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Celebrating Children's Book Author Roald Dahl

roald dahl dayHappy Roald Dahl Day!  If you just thought to yourself, who in the world is Roald Dahl – he is somebody that you may just not know you knew! In fact, until a friend pointed out specifically who he was a few years, I had no idea who Roald Dahl was either.

Roald Dahl is the children’s author behind numerous fabulous books that you may know better as movies. Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach — any of these ring a bell?  Yes, these were all penned by Roald.

Roald Dahl has been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century. His stories were written from a child’s perspective, typically involving an adult victim who hated and mistreated children – as well as featuring at least on good adult.  It is said that he wrote as such from his experience as a child at a boarding school.

While not all of his books are toddler friendly, during the early years – he has several that older toddlers are sure to enjoy.

Today would of been his 96th birthday and so today we celebrate Roald Dahl Day.

A few of his masterpieces:


  • Matilda 1 of 6
    Matilda
    The story of a brilliant little girl with not so good parents.
    Available at Amazon, $6.99
  • Boy 2 of 6
    Boy
    Tales from Roald's childhood.
    Available at Amazon, $6.99
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox 3 of 6
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    The tale of Mr. Fox who always tries to keep one step ahead of farmers.
    Available at Amazon, $6.99
  • The Enormous Crocodile 4 of 6
    The Enormous Crocodile
    A crocodile who desires to munch on little children, and a cast of animals who gang up to prevent him from doing so.
    Available at Amazon, $7.99
  • James and the Giant Peach 5 of 6
    James and the Giant Peach
    While maybe slightly scary and too much for toddlers, this book is about a 4 year old, James' life after his parents are eaten by an escaped rhino.
    Available at Amazon, $6.99
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 6 of 6
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Charlie, the golden ticket and a trip to the Chocolate factory - yes, you know the movie - now read the book!
    Available at Amazon, $6.99

“So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.” -Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

image source: brainpop.co.uk 

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Molly blogs parenting, geekery and technology at digitalmomblog.com.

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