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Boy
Roald Dahl chronicles his early childhood, beginning with his parents' histories, then his own birth, through the time he graduated high school and got a job with Shell Oil. You get an insight into the casual brutalities of boarding school matrons and masters, and many funny stories about the mischief Roald and his friends got up to. If you look closely enough, you can see that many of the characters in his novels (Miss Trunchbull in "Matilda" for insta...
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie Bucket, a young, caring, and sincere boy who belonged to a poor family, got the prize of his dreams; a ticket for a tour around Willy Wonka's magnificent chocolate factory which had been closed for years. After winning one of the five tickets put in the factory's chocolate bars, Charlie goes with his grandfather on the tour of a lifetime with 4 others of his age, who were accompanied by 1 adult each. On the tour, problems start occurring. Chil...
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Willy Wonka takes an exciting, roundabout way back to the factory with Charlie Bucket and his family, and succeeds after several failures to get Charlie's grandparents out of bed. The story begins exactly where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory left off. Charlie's parents and grandparents, along with their bed, have been loaded into Willy Wonka's great glass elevator. Now Willy Wonka informs them that they must go up before they can go down, so that they...
Danny the Champion of the World
Danny, an obedient, caring, and well-cultured boy was brought up by his father with lots of care and love. A strong bond and attachment had formed. Danny thought himself to be lucky to have a father like he had. Danny was so attached to his father and trusted him so much, that the idea of his father hiding something from him did not even cross his mind. But one day, 9-year old Danny found the truth to the one secret that his father had hidden from hi...

Dahl booklist

Esio Trot
This story is about an old man who lives in an apartment complex. Everyday, he go to his balcony and listen to the woman living below him feed her turtle and pet and cuddle him. The old man wanted to marry the old woman but he was to shy to even start a conversation with her. One day, he musters up enough courage and asks her how her turtle was doing. She replies saying that she is very worried because it is not growing. The man thinks quickly and says t...
George's Marvelous Medicine
George is alone in the house with his Grandma the most horrible Grandma that ever was. She is grouchy and grizzled and grumpy. Luckily, George knows how to cure her of her bad attitude. He decides to brew up an extra-special remedy a Grandma Medicine. He mixes together all sorts of things and creates the most marvelous medicine for his grouchy grandma. The problem is, George doesn't know exactly what his medicine will do. From growing into a gigantic...
Going Solo
In Roald Dahl's second memoir, he chronicles his experiences working for the Shell Oil Company in East Africa (now Tanzania) and then as a pilot for the Royal Air Force stationed in Greece during World War II. Because of its subject matter, it is not as light in tone as "Boy," but Roald still manages to find plenty of humor in the war and his African work. He talks in detail about the eccentric personalities he met in Africa, a bizarre encounter with a l...
Matilda
Poor Matilda has grown up in a family that scoffs at reading for enjoyment and demands that the family eat their dinner in front of the television every night. Matilda desperately wants to go to school and the public library, but her parents say no. So, Matilda teaches herself to read and by the time she is five and a half years old, she has secretly read all the books in the children's section of the public library! Reading is not Matilda's only a...
My Uncle Oswald
Oswald Hendryks Cornelious is a man of many talents who made a bunch of money using scandalous and interesting methods. Oswald's journal has been shared with the readers to understand his own accounts of making money. He tells readers that he has gotten a hold of the most powerful aphrodisiac in the world, the Sundanese Blister Beetle. He makes a powder of the beetle and we see what happens to people who take it. The powder's affects are intense and tak...
The BFG
Sophie and the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) must save the world from mean giants! Lucky for her, Sophie meets the kindest, gentlest, most friendly giant around. The BFG takes Sophie to giant land where she quickly learns that not all giants are as friendly as he is, and worse, the mean giants are planning to come to England! ...

Roald Dahl list of books

The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Mr. Fox came into the three farmers' farms and stole their chickens and geese on a daily basis. He took it to his home and fed his wife and three cubs. But soon, problems arose. The food was starting to run short everyday. The food that was brought everyday wasn't enough to satisfy everyone's hunger. Other families and individual animals were facing similar problems. To add to their problems, the three farmers were getting more determined to get rid of M...
The Twits
Mr. and Mrs. Twit, two useless, smelly and unfriendly married people who have nothing better to do than play practical jokes and pranks on each other, have their monkeys stand upside down all the time, and make bird pie with the birds that they catch using their glue on the tree. After playing a series of pranks on each other, the attention is switched to the monkeys and the birds. Luckily, the Roly-Poly bird was there to save the day. She warned the ...
The Witches
They are completely bald and always wear wigs, constantly sneaking hands underneath to scratch their itchy scalps. They don't have any toes and have really broad feet, but they force their feet into narrow, fashionable shoes to blend in. They have really long, curved fingernails that they usually hide by wearing gloves. They are the witches. And the meanest, nastiest witches live in England, where a boy has just gone to live with his grandmother after hi...