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Reading With Kids? Roald Dahl - Children books that Parents will love to read

Updated on November 26, 2011

As a child, I remember that one author that I would read and reread with sheer wonderment and delight was Roald Dahl. When my mother would read stories to us before bedtime, one author that we loved was Roald Dahl. In fact, I remember my brother and I would get more excited my Roald Dahl stories when we were supposed to fall asleep.

If you are a parent looking for a worthy author to read together with your children, Roald Dahl is the perfect author. Roald Dahl is exceptionally witty, and his sense of humor appeals not just to the little ones, but I find that reading his stories as a grown up not only continues to tickle my funny bone, but gives me a deeper appreciation of language. Indeed, Roald Dahl's mastery of words on grows on me as I grow older, and my admiration for him only increases as I read more authors. Roald Dahl's books take us on a journey to fantasy worlds where we meet crazy characters, igniting our imagination as he makes the impossible come alive.


One of the books that Roald Dahl wrote is The Magic Finger.

The Magic Finger is one of those stories that receive a little less attention than Dahl's more famous stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , and Matilda . This story is about a girl who has a magic finger that is activated by feelings of anger. An entertaining story that sends tickles down your spine, The Magic Finger is also one story that is a great conversation starter for more serious topics like anger management, and revenge, and how to treat others. This story is one of the shorter stories that Roald Dahl wrote, and it is a very manageable read for young children - it could be a bedtime story finished in one night, or spread over a few nights, depending on your child. In fact the illustrations are very cleverly done, which makes it a delightful read.

Another books by Roald Dahl is The Twits.


The Twits is another very manageable children book that promises laughs and great opportunities for conversations afterward. It is about a couple that are really unlovable, mean... altogether Dahl crafts it all together in such a way that we are able to laugh and see the funny side of things. As a child, this was one of my favorite reads. Roald Dahl has a way of subtly and sublimely weaving in morals and little lessons into his storylines and character designs which make his books ideal choices for parents who are concerned about their children's literary diet. On a side note, for parents who are not too comfortable reading to their children, this book is easy, enjoyable and undemanding to read aloud.

In fact Roald Dahl has a whole host of other books and short stories like James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches .

For children who are just starting out, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me are also easily digested and devoured by younger kids. For parents looking for short page-long poems, Revolting Rhymes is another popular choice. These books are loved by children for their humor and cool illustrations, and grown ups love them too for their wit and literary style.

Before I end, I must mention the Roald Dahl did write stories for adults with darker and more serious themes too - they are totally worth checking out.

Happy reading with your child! And I hope you have found this hub helpful! Did you grow up on a diet of Roald Dahl too? Leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you.


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      vanessa 6 years ago

      I love Ronald Dahl books he the best althour i have ever seen i can't belive he is died omg but i loved him do much thanks for making the books soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo interesting