Roald Dahl Day is one of our favourite occasions of the year, especially as it gives everyone an excuse to celebrate the talented writer and enjoy the magical fictional worlds he created. Join in this year on Thursday the 13th of September- there’s loads of fun ways to get involved. At Tutor Doctor, we thought there’s no better way to kick start the celebrations than hand picking a few of our favourite Roald Dahl books. Make sure you pick one to read on this special day!
James and the Giant Peach
A firm favourite at Tutor Doctor, James and the Giant Peach follows the tale of James Trotter who lives with his two horrid aunts. One day his bad luck starts to change when at the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and grow. As he enters the gigantic peach, he discovers seven unusual garden bugs inside. Together they set off on a magical journey to help James escape from his mean aunts, forming great friendships along the way.
The Twits is full of humour, wonderful descriptive passages and has lovely underlying messages about morality and friendship. The story follows Mr and Mrs Twit who are possibly the nastiest, smelliest and meanest couple you could ever meet. They play awful tricks on each other just to amuse themselves. The story focuses on Muggle-Wump the monkey and his family who are locked in a cage in the Twits garden. After they meet the Rolly Polly bird, their luck starts to change. He helps them escape from their cage and play a joke of their own on the Twits.
Fantastic Mr Fox
Fantastic Mr Fox is a charming story, with great morals and a wonderful set of characters. Mr. Fox lives with his wife and four little foxes. He is so clever that every night he sneaks down into the valley and steals food from the horrid farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. The farmers hatch a plan to shoot Mr Fox dead without realising just how cunning Mr Fox is. He hatches a fantastic plan to escape with his family and a crew of courageous woodland animals.
The Witches is real page turner sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end! It tells the story of an eight-year-boy and his grandma. On their summer trip, the boy discovers that all the witches of England are staying in their hotel for an annual meet. The witches disguise themselves as ordinary members of the public and are plotting to make all the small children disappear into thin air.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the ultimate children’s story, sure to transport readers to a magical universe full of chocolate and wonderful inventions. It follows five children who win Golden Tickets to visit Mr. Willy Wonka’s extraordinary chocolate factory. Augustus Gloop is greedy, Verruca Salt is spoilt, Violet Beauregarde is a gum-chewer, Mike Teavee only watches television whilst Charlie Bucket is just a normal boy. During their journey into the Chocolate Factory the children discover marvelous creations and Wonka trade secrets, as well as experience some strange things, especially when they don’t listen to Willy Wonka’s instructions!
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