Roald Dahl Challenge Wrap Up

I did it! I finished all 15 books in my Roald Dahl box set. I had a lot of fun with this challenge. I enjoyed Dahl’s books as a kid but I guess I really didn’t read too many of his books growing up. Many of the ones in his box set were new to me. While I didn’t love everything I read, I really think he’s a wonderful children’s author. He really, really understands childhood and kids. I don’t know of many authors who truly capture the essence of childhood like he does. Here’s a quick break down of how I enjoyed the books:


Solidly Okay

Not For Me

4 thoughts on “Roald Dahl Challenge Wrap Up

  1. YAY! Congrats for finishing your challenge!

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will always be my first favorite book, and the one I always mention whenever someone asks me for my favorite book just because it inspired my love for reading as a young child (but really, what a boring question to ask.) Any author that can get a six year old to sit still and read is doing something very right.

    I remember being so sad when I found out my dad donated my well-loved copy of Matilda.

    Your list made me sad…because I read all the titles. (The only one might be The Magic Finger since I remember picking it up as a child, but I can’t remember what the story was about) This is the thing with dead authors, I have to live knowing there will be no other books by him. *le sigh*

    I even read his adult short stories. And some of them are scarily macabre. I’m glad I didn’t read them until I was a teen.

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

    • Thanks!

      I can definitely see why Charlie is your favorite. We need more authors who can get kids as excited as he does.

      It is really sad that we won’t get any more books by him. 😦 Maybe there’s some unfinished books stuck in boxes somewhere…

  2. Whenever I see your Roald Dahl posts, it makes me want to read all the ones I haven’t. I’ve read Matilda (my fav!), James and the Giant Peach (I really liked it), the Twits (when I was a kid), and Fantastic Mr. Fox (that limerick at the beginning is still stuck in my head, years later!).

    The ones I really want to read, though, are The Witches (because I loved the movie so much), and The BFG (because I hear it is great). I’ve never been a big fan of the Charlie and the Chocolate story (I mean the movies, because I’ve never read the books), so I’m not in a real hurry to read those two.

    I need to get my butt in gear, and read some more Dahl, though, because he is one of my favorite authors.

    • Bring them all home with you! I didn’t love all of them but they are absolutely worth reading. His writing makes me feel like a kid again (in the best possible way).

      Oh man, you’ve never read Charlie?! Get on it ASAP. I’m not a fan of the movies. They’re way too weird for me. The book is SO much better. I was surprised as how much I loved it. And you can skip the 2nd book. It’s not so good.

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