September 13, 2009
Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle and Roald Dahl's Birthday
Born today in 1916, Roald Dahl wrote many books for adults but he is renowned for his children's stories.
Here's the best list I could compile. As a family we read most of these. I asterisked our favourites. Do you have a favourite Roald Dahl story?
The Gremlins (1943)
James and the Giant Peach (1961) *
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) *
The Magic Finger (1 June 1966)
Fantastic Mr Fox (9 December 1970)
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (9 January 1972) A sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Danny, the Champion of the World (30 October 1975)
The Enormous Crocodile (24 August 1978)
The Twits (9 October 1980) *
George's Marvellous Medicine (21 May 1981)
The BFG (14 October 1982) *
The Witches (27 October 1983)
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (26 September 1985)
Matilda (21 April 1988)*
Esio Trot (19 April 1990)
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (9 May 1991)
The Minpins (8 August 1991)
The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Children's Museum in London recently hosted an exhibition entitled Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle, featuring the collaboration of Roald Dahl and illustrator extrordinaire, Quentin Blake. That would have been fun but unfortunately I live on the wrong side of the pond.
roalddahl.com also has a great interactive website that would appeal to kids around 8-10.
Illustration from The BFG © Quentin Blake