Best Roald Dahl Books

It’s hard to believe in a childhood without Roald Dahl, the master storyteller who created weird and wonderful characters to dazzle young readers across the globe. Rumor has it that Roald Dahl was actually not a big fan of children; however in many of Roald Dahl’s books you actually see the author himself with a mischievous grin conspiring with the little people against the strange world of adults. There’s no doubt that Roald Dahl had an imagination to rival even the most creative of children, from overblown peaches that won’t stop growing to giants that blow dreams into children’s ears at night, some of these stories are the most poignant, beautiful and awe inspiring tales that have ever been created. Here we take a look at the stories that kept us squinting over night lights and checking grownups toes throughout those young and formative years, take a look at the very best books from the mind of Roald Dahl.

witchesThe Witches
The grand high witch hates children and wants to turn them all into mice by sending her horde of witches to take over all the sweet-shops in Britain. Yet one seven year old boy happens to overhear their plan and it’s down to his grandmother and him to save the day. The Witches is perhaps the most terrifying of all Roald Dahl books because it’s all about witches who are disguised as real women which makes them very hard to spot. This was the tale that had you trembling as a child every time your mother bought a new friend home, the story that had you running screaming every time an adult offered you a chocolate, and the tale that made paintings of farmhouses creepy forever. The dark edge of fear and fantasy come together in the boldest and bravest of Roald Dahl books.

The BFG bfg
When Sophie is snatched late at night from her orphanage bed to the land of giants she has to stay on her toes to avoid the bone crunchers, the blood bottlers and the other terrifying trolls who like to devour children. However she soon learns that not all giants are the stuff of nightmares and the big friendly giant just wants to blow sweet dreams into children ears. This story is truly the stuff of dreams and has such a surreal and beautiful element that it will ignite your imagination from childhood until the day you die. Adults facing a reread of The BFG may notice a few rather un PC elaborations in the tale but the feat of imagery and language is sure to sweep you away at the stroke of witching hour.

Matilda is the ultimate bookworm who lives in a world where adults are either idiots or as mean as mean can be. Her parents spend their life eating TV dinners in front of the box and her headmistress Miss Trunchbull likes to swing children around by their hair and force chocolate cake down their throat. Only when Matilda discovers she has some special powers does her world start to take an interesting turn. This is the book that told children it was ok to read, that you can still come from a terrible family and be a good kid, and that smartness will see you through in the end. Very inspiring stuff from Roald Dahl and a childhood favorite for many.

Georges Marvelous Medicine george
Georges grandma is a real pain, miserable, mean spirited and with a small puckered mouth like a dogs bottom, and somehow George always has to watch over her. However one day when his parents go out he decides to create a medicine to cure her grumpiness. Little does he know his homemade concoction is about to have some rather bizarre consequences for all. Wicked humor to make you cackle and slap your hand over your mouth in shame is peppered throughout the pages and will strike a chord with anyone who had cantankerous grandparents who never made cakes! Yet again Dahl manages to capture the essence of an eight year old child and mark his words to speak to children everywhere in this shenanigan inspired tale.

Best Harry Potter Books

harry potter booksAfter a decade of returning to Hogwarts for wands and wizardry JK Rowling finished her fabulous Harry potter series leaving those who had grown up with Harry, Hermione and Ron out on a limb. What makes these books so special is that Rowling managed not only to capture the imagination of a generation, but to allow her characters to grow up at the same pace as her readers. What starts as simple childish fantasy grows into something dark and atmospheric that propels the story and characters forward and also tackles the hardships of adolescence and change. Harry Potter is a fabulous role model for children; the underdog orphan who was kept in the closet goes on to be one of the most powerful wizards in history and embraces bravery, loyalty and friendship at every step. Rowling created Harry’s universe so in depth that as soon as you open the pages you are transported into a paradox of the world we know so well, but it is a world sprinkled with magic and spells. Rowling doesn’t flinch from the death and the darkness which is a brave move for a children’s author. She also blurs the lines of good and bad with complex troubled characters like Professor Snape, Draco Malfoy and even you-know-who. In short the Harry Potter books are more than a simple escape series, they are a whole new world waiting for you. Take a look at the best Harry Potter books and let the Hogwarts express take you away…

phil stoneHarry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
This was the book that very first took us into the world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter. We first meet Potter as an orphan boy who lives with his hideous ‘muggle’ relatives who keep him stashed away in the cupboard and dress him in rags. That is until his eleventh birthday when Hagrid comes crashing through the door to transport him to Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Although this book is without a doubt the most childish of all the series, it is still one of the best. No one can forget the first time they read about the floating candles of Hogwarts, crashing through the platform to find the hidden train and all other kinds of magic and mysteries. Rowling set the stage and it was fascinating from the word go.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  goblet
The Goblet of Fire was the first book to truly take its first steps into the adult plain. This was the book where Hermione started to care about her hair, where Ron started to feel a flutter of jealousy, and where the children have to deal with death in its rawest form. This is also the book where Rowling truly goes wild in her fantasy creation, throwing in mermaids, dragons, dark forces and a whole lot more. It’s a glimpse into the darkness and a shift to an older plain which is what makes it such a standout book that doesn’t conform to the structure and sense of the past three. Friendships start to become more complex, webs start to get weaved and tangled and being a wizard stops being all about fun as the readers realize there are deadly consequences to this game.

azkabanHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Another firm favorite in the great debate of the best harry potter books, the Prisoner of Azkaban always comes up trumps. Sirius Black is one of the best characters to come out of the woodwork and we really start to get a true look into the dark past of Hogwarts and what became of the Potter family that fateful night. The subject of horror and fear starts to pepper the pages and we feel a shiver down our spine as we read about the dementors who feed on human sadness and we start to see a Harry that has to face responsibly and defining moments that will stick with him for the rest of his life. This is where the tale takes a subtle twist and starts to let in the shadows and leave the whimsical light behind.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows deathly hallows
The dramatic finale in the series of Harry Potter and arguably the best. The Deathly Hallows leaves childish fantasy at the door and takes the reader into a world that is both dark and disturbing and without the safety net of certain characters to save the day. Harry is out on a limb and has to ride the roller coaster of fear, sadness, and an adventure alone, with only the readers in tow for company. This was the book that had us on the edge of our seats, the book that kept us breathless and the book that delivered nothing less than a perfect conclusion to a perfect story, the best way to end a decade.

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valuable booksThese are the basic factors that make a book valuable; demand, scarcity, special ‘one off’ features and condition. For any aspiring book collector these things should certainly be taken into account as you never know what you will find hiding on the shelves of some dusty old book shop or on specialist websites like

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