Books to Read if you Loved Roald Dahl
Happy Roald Dahl Day! Today we are celebrating what would have been the 98th birthday of one of the world’s greatest story tellers. Quirky, endearing, and always entertaining, Roald Dahl’s books have been favourites for generations of readers. Dahl’s strong, relatable, and unforgettable child protagonists, his humor, and his trademark illustrations have made him one of the world’s most loved children’s authors. So, if you’ve gotten through the whole lot, from Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and you’re itching for more great reads, here are 10 great books that we think Mr. Dahl would approve of!
The Bad Beginning: Book the First (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket
A Series of Unfortunate Events had definitely become a new classic since it began and Snicket’s trade mark narrative voice recounts the tale of three orphans fending for themselves against evil Count Olaf who wants to steal their fortune. The Bad Beginning: Book the First introduces readers to Snicket’s clever kid heroes, Violet, Sunny, and Klaus, who definitely give even Dahl’s most memorable protagonists a run for their money. This orphan’s tale will be a favourite for fans of James and the Giant Peach!
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Roald Dahl himself said Rudyard Kipling was an inspiration for his own writing, making Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book a great place for any Dahl fan to start reading. This classic story about Mowgli, a young boy raised in the jungle, features all the members of the animal kingdom and is a great one to read after Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile.
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (Jacob Two Two Series # 1) by Mordecai Richler *CDN*
A Canadian favourite, Jacob Two Two will do everything he can to make sure he is heard! However, when he finds himself in a misunderstanding at the grocery store he is sentenced two years, two months, two weeks and two minutes in the Children’s Prison hundreds of miles away from the city and Jacob must plot his escape! Fantastic Mr. Fox fans will love this adventure story!
Ratburger by David Walliams
British author David Walliams is being hailed as the New Roald Dahl and his hilarious novels have readers of all ages cracking up. In Ratburger, Zoe is dealing with a lazy Step-mother, a school bully, and the evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers who has his own ideas of what should be done with Zoe’s pet rat! This is a tale that will strike a chord with animal lovers and those who loved The Twits.
The Cat Who Came in off the Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt
Annie M.G. Schmidt is the Queen of Dutch children’s literature and The Cat Who Came in off the Roof is a translation of her novel Minoe. In this book a cat is turned into a young lady and is able to help out a young journalist by spreading gossip from the cat world. This quirky tale is a Dutch classic that’s sure to delight.
Mr. Stink by David Walliams
The perfect new middle grade novel for fans of Roald Dhal! You might even feel like you are reading a brand new Roald Dhal book! In Mr. Stink, a determined little girl named Chloe decides to hide the towns tramp in her garden shed. And he stinks! If you thought The Magic Finger was funny, wait until you read Mr. Stink!
Kidnapped at Birth? (The Marvin Redpost Series #1) by Louis Sachar
Most famous for his novel Holes, Lous Sachar also wrote a series for a younger audience called the Marvin Redpost Series. It’s never a dull moment with plucky Marvin and in this instalment he is convinced that he was kidnapped at birth and is actually the Lost Prince of Shampoon! Marvin’s tales of boyhood will resonate with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory lovers looking for another read.
The Nose from Jupiter by Richard Scrimger *CDN*
This book from Canadian Richard Scrimger is the first in a series about a boy who has an alien living in his nose. Alan doesn’t believe in himself and he doesn’t see himself as brave or strong, but when he discovers Norbert the alien living in his nose, Norbert teaches Alan how to stand up for himself. Alan will keep readers giggling and inspire them to stand up for themselves, just like Roald Dahl’s beloved Matilda!
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Borrowers is a book about the tiny people who live in homes all across the world, who survive by borrowing goods from the “human beans” or “big people”. When a friendship forms between Fourteen-year-old borrower Arrietty and a young “human bean” boy, the two worlds collide! This one is sure to be a hit with fans of The BFG.
Heap House (Iremonger Series # 1) by Edward Carey
Edward Carey’s Heap House is an eerie tale set in Dickensian London, where Clod Iremonger lives in the Heap House build from lost and discarded items collected from all over the city. The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, but Clod is different. He can hear the objects whispering. This creepy tale will delight fans of The Witches.
Enjoy and Happy Roald Dahl Day everyone!