Roald Dahl. He is my VERY favourite children’s author and an extremely interesting man.
He was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. Dahl rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for both children and adults, and he became one of the world’s best-selling authors.
Roald Dahl was a great believer in the importance of reading, and it comes across in his books. Dahl’s books are for children of all ages. His style is engaging, and his ideas are so creative that they are impossible to forget. Most of all, he understands what children want to read.
Seeing as it’s #RoaldDahlDay, it got me thinking about my favourite Roald Dahl book.
James and The Giant Peach
It makes me laugh that this book was originally about a giant cherry! Roald Dahl decided to change it to a peach, as a peach is “prettier, bigger and squishier”. But as ‘cute’ as peaches can be, in my opinion it is one of his darkest and creepiest books, even when reading in adulthood.
In the story, James is a happy child who lives with his parents until one day they are eaten by a rhinoceros who has escaped. He is sent to live with his evil aunts called Spiker and Sponge who day after day verbally abuse him. Having had enough, James runs into his garden where he meets a strange old man who gives him a sack of glowing crocodile tongues. He promises that they will bring magic and happiness. Running home excited, James trips up and spills the contents onto a peach tree. The tree becomes enchanted and one peach grows to the size of a large house. One day James goes to eat the peach and finds a tunnel and follows it inside. This is where he meets insects and start a marvellous adventure.
Whether you are an adult or a child, you can not help but enjoy the sense of adventure and escapism and I remember being elated that James was able to be free of his aunts.
Roald Dahl is definitely a brave writer, his fearless creation of characters is very present as you begin to enjoy the thought of squirmy insects as loyal companions! Although potentially frightening I would highly recommend reading this in adulthood or with children.
I would definitely give this book a 10/10! What’s your favourite Roald Dahl book? Let me know on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.